South Australian pin up boy Come On Frank returned from a harness racing stint in Victoria to take the main event at Melton on Friday night. The horse with his own Facebook page sat one out and one back and proved too classy for main rival Mark Dennis.
Come On Frank has now won twice in eight starts since returning from injury which saw him off the scene for some 14 months after finishing third to Smoken Up in the 2013 SA Cup.
Friday nights race, trainer driver Darren Billinger eased the local hero off the gate after drawing the outside of the front and ended up in the one one behind Mark Dennis, who charged out of the gate but was caught outside former WA pacer Adda Paternal Suit who faced to finish last.
A slow pace, which did not suite Come On Frank, but the son of Blissfull Hall in the end his lass prevailed and on the line pulled away from Mark Dennis to win by 3 meters with a further 6 meters to Livin It Lovin It back in third spot.
Come on Frank was bred by Ian Goddard, who shares ownership in the gelding with Julie and Jodie Billinger, he was got by Blissfull Hall from Whatacorka, a SA bred mare by the Most Happy Fella horse What’s Next.
Whatacorka, was a handy racemare by What’s Next, a world record holder for 1-1/2 miles from the Miss Duvall family, and who proved a champion sire of two and three-year-olds.
Whatacorka, who won three races, was out of a top racemare in Uncork, who took a record of 1:59.9, won 18 races including the SA Sapling Stakes and $68,136 in stakes and became the dam of nine winners.
Besides Whatacorka, Uncork is also the dam of Hes A Corka 1:57.4, a winner of 45 races including the Southern Cross 2YO and 3YO Finals, Breeders Plate and Italian Cup, Saved A Corka 1:59.1 (24 wins including the SA Oaks and Southern Cross 3YO), Maybe A Corka 1:57.1, Seel A Corka and Arm A Corka.
Come On Frank looks set to dominate fast class races in South Australia in the coming months.
By Gary Newton