UPPY SON PROVES THAT DREAMS DO COME TRUE
Most harness racing enthusiasts dream about purchasing a pacer at a bargain price and then going on to reap handsome financial rewards. But this sort of dream is a reality for Bill and Vicki Ward, Stephen Schmedje, Des Russell, Dominic and John Perrella and Harold Meaden.
They outlaid just $5000 in February 2011 to buy a New Zealand four-year-old by the by the name of Uppy Son, who gave a powerful performance to win the $35,000 group 3 6PR August Cup at Gloucester Park on Friday night.
This took his record for his new owners to 69 starts for 19 wins and 20 placings for $209,880 in prizemoney. Uppy Son had raced only four times in New Zealand for one win, by a half-head in very modest company over 1950m at Addington in January 2011.
However, under the astute care of Bunbury trainer, Uppy Son has developed into a quality performer, whose previous successes include the Narrogin Cup and Easter Cup at Gloucester Park last year.
He finished seventh in the WA Pacing Cup and eighth in the Fremantle Cup last January and Reed will again target those rich feature events, providing thegelding maintains his strong form.
Uppy Son went into Friday night’s Cup with a losing sequence of 11 and was a 10/1 chance. He started from the inside of the back line and Gary Hall jun. was content to keep him in fifth place, three back on the pegs.
Polemarker Son of Fergie led for the first 400m beforesent the heavily-backed 6/4 favourite Has the Answers to the lead. Has The Answers then had little peace, with 60/1 outsider Pride of Colorado issuing a strong challenge and getting to a neck lead 150m later. Then Ima Rocket Star (9/2) moved into the breeze after a lap before Sneakyn Down Under surged forward from the rear to apply pressure to the leader.
Hall eased Uppy Son off the pegs at the bell and the gelding sustained a strong burst to finally get to the front 90m from the post. He went on to win by 2m from the gallant Has The Answers, with Sneakyn Down Under a nose away in third place, just ahead of Please Release Me. The final two 400m sections were covered in 27.9sec. and 28.9sec., with Uppy Son rating 1.57.1 over the 2536m.
Uppy Son is the first foal out of themare Annie Jay, whose next two foals are proving goof performers on the track. Her second foal Radar has had 48 starts for six wins, 11 placings and $48,723 and her next foal Elusive Chick has amassed $316,026 from nine wins and 15 placings from 32 starts.
Elusive Chick was a winner at her most recent appearance, scoring in the $150,000 group 1 Diamond for four-year-old mares at Ashburton on June 1 when she covered the 1609m trip in 1.54.7.
HALLS ENJOY A NIGHT OUT WITH FOUR WINNERS
Star Serpentine trainer Gary Hall sen. and champion reinsman Gary Hall jun. continued their dominance of WA pacing when each was successful in four events at Gloucester Park on Friday night.
The father-son combination was successful with Heavens Delight, Real Hammer and Black N Bettor, while Hall sen. also won with Majorly Foxy Styyx and his son drove the-trained Uppy Son to victory in the August Cup.
The night appeared to be getting off on the wrong leg when 4/1 second favourite Heavens Delight hit the mobile barrier in the final stages of the score-up in the opening event, the Breakfast With Steve Mills Pace. This caused Heavens Delight to pace roughly and the New Zealand-bred five-year-old drifted back to last in the field of 12 while the 7/4 on favourite At Princeton was bowling along in front.
However, Heavens Delight overcame this disadvantage to score an effortless victory.
Hall sent Heavens Delight forward, three wide, at the 1100m mark and the gelding cruised to the front 650m from home after At Princeton stopped to a walk and was eased out of the race suffering from an atrial fibrillation.
Heavens Delight raced away and won by more than four lengths from 20/1 chance Myouri, who rattled home from 11th at the bell. Chaldea (16/1) finished strongly from sixth at the bell to be third. Heavens Delight dashed over the final 400m in 28.2sec. and rated 1.59.1 over the 2130m trip.
It was an impressive performance from Heavens Delight at his fourth appearance after an absence of 14 months. A winner at two of his eight starts in New Zealand, Heavens Delight has now earned $69,226 from 11 wins and nine placings from 34 starts. He is the sixth foal out of Close Top Heaven, who had 43 starts for seven wins, 14 placings and $55,428.
Hall sen. said that Heavens Delight was out of action for such a long time because of hoof problems. “There was no special cure for his feet problems,” he explained. “We just gave him a long time off, spelling in a green paddock, and there are no problems now.”
ROBYNS C C SETS RECORD AND GIVES PROMISE OF BETTER THINGS TO COME
New Zealand-bred filly Robyns C C gave a firm indication that she should develop into one of the State’s best mares next season when she finished full of running and set a track record in scoring an easy victory in the 2536m Karl Langdon Pace for three-year-old fillies at Gloucester Park on Friday night.
Owned by Lark Hill veterinary surgeon Trevor Lindsay, Robyns C C was driven perfectly by her Serpentine trainer. Second fancy at 3/1, Robyns C C enjoyed an ideal passage in the one-wide line and was fifth at the bell before Brew sent her forward, three wide, 650m from home.
Polemarker and 5/2 favourite Loving You set the pace, but was forced to increase the tempo when Deluxe Edition began to overrace badly in the breeze after being sent forward from, the rear 650m after the start. This resulted in the first two 400m sections of the final mile being sprinted in 29.1sec. and 28.7sec.
Meanwhile, Brew was content to bide his time before issuing his challenge over the final stages. After the third quarter of the final mile went by in 29.1sec., Robyns C C was able to cruise over the final 400m in 30sec. to win by just under two lengths from 16/1 chance Adda Rising Star, with Loving You hanging on to be a nose away in third place.
Robyns C C, who hit the front 120m from the post, rated 1.57.2, which broke the track record of 1.57.6 for a three-year-old filly over 2536m, held by Askmenow.
Robyns C C, the third foal out of the unracedmare Robyns Finale, earned $26,380 from her three wins and six placings from 14 starts in New Zealand. She has raced five times in Western Australia for two wins.
IT’S NO TROUBLE FOR IM VICTORIOUS AFTER AN EARLY SCARE
Star pacer Im Victorious remained firmly on target for feature events in the Eastern States later this year and boosted his earnings past the $400,000 mark when he strolled to victory in the $25,000 Afternoons With Peter Bell Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night.
Im Victorious was favourite at 7/4 on from the inside of the back line and punters had an early scare when the polemarker and 4/1 second fancy Leda McNally broke into a gallop immediately in front of Im Victorious.
But there was no harm asgot Leda McNally back into her pacing action soon after the start and restrained Im Victorious in an obvious planned move to get the brilliant four-year-old into the one-wide line as soon as possible to avert the possibility of being badly hemmed in on the pegs.
Lord Lombo jumped straight to the front from the No. 2 barrier and Leda McNally lost about four lengths as she settled in fourth position, three back on the pegs, after Matt White sent Western Cullen to the front after 250m. Im Victorious settled in seventh place in the one-wide line.
Western Cullen sprinted the second 400m section of the final mile in 29sec. and dashed over the next quarter in 28.3sec. But he was unable to stave off Im Victorious, who started a three-wide move 700m from home and forged to the front at the 450m mark. Im Victorious then careered away and sped over the final quarter in 27.3sec. to coast to victory by just under two lengths from 8/1 chance Whose Mistake, with Leda McNally running on to be a well-beaten third.
Im Victorious, trained at Serpentine by, rated 1.55.4 over 2130m. he now has had 22 starts for 15 wins and two placings for stakes of $400,810.
BRAEMOOR DEVELOPS INTO A STANDING-START SPECIALIST
Braemoor, who raced exclusively in mobile events at his 31 starts in New Zealand, is developing into a standing-start specialist for young Boyanup trainer, who completed a driving double at Gloucester Park on Friday night when he guided the six-year-old to a convincing victory in the 2503m GMTC Ready To Race Pacer Raffle Handicap.
Braemoor, a winner of three races in New Zealand, has relished his move to Western Australia where he has raced 18 times for six wins and four placings to boost his career record to nine wins and 12 placings from 49 starts for earnings of $80,336. His past five wins have been in stands in which his excellent manners have proved a vital ingredient for his successes.
Braemoor, second fancy at 4/1, got away safely from the front line, while punters groaned as the 11/8 favourite Balleybofey reared and galloped at the start.
Salliwood, as usual, began brilliantly and burst straight to the front from barrier five on the front line. Prentice then sent Braemoor forward and he dashed into the lead after 600m whenwas quite content to relinquish the lead and enjoy a perfect trail.
quickly got Balleybofey going and the seven-year-old moved into the breeze position in the first circuit. Prentice gave his rivals little hope as he revved up Braemoor, who sprinted over the final three 400m sections of the final mile in 29.7sec., 28.6sec. and 29.3sec. Braemoor won by just under a length from Salliwood, who finished solidly.
J Walker, having his first start for Henley Brook trainer-reinsman Robbie Williams, gave promise of better things to come when he surged home from 11th at the bell to be third. Balleybofey wilted to fifth.
COOL JOHNNY GETS UP IN A SIX-WAY PHOTO FINISH THRILLER
Lightly-raced New Zealand-bred gelding Cool Johnny burst his way into the clear in the final couple of strides to get up and snatch a dramatic last-stride victory in a thrilling finish to the 2536m Brad Hardie Pathway Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night when only a half-length separated the first six placegetters.
Mantoman set the pace until the final stages before 5/4 favourite Barkers Hall got his nose in front 10 metres from the post. Franco Hendrix, tenth at the 450m mark, was flying home along the pegs and looked the winner before being blocked for clear running. He finished sixth, just a half-length from the winner.
Cup of Life, seventh on the pegs at the bell, charged home, six wide, to finish third, with Mantoman fourth and Veitchy fifth. The official margins were: a half-head, a head and a nose.
Cool Johnny’s win provided some relief for trainers Greg and, who had the misfortune of watching the defeats of At Princeton (7/4 on) and Jungle Genie (9/2) in the previous two events. At Princeton led before suffering from an atrial fibrillation and Jungle Genie was a fading ninth.
Cool Johnny, a winner at Kellerberrin five days earlier, was a 9/1 chance from the inside of the back line.had the son of travelling well behind the pacemaker throughout and the gelding charged home between horses to snatch an exciting win.
The final 400m was covered in 28.7sec. and Cool Johnny rated 1.59.3 in winning for the second time at only his third appearance at Gloucester Park. A winner at one of his three New Zealand starts, Cool Johnny has had 16 starts in Western Australia for seven wins and two placings and he looks set for further successes.
His dam Glowable managed just one win from 39 starts in New Zealand.
BLACK N BETTOR RESUMES AND ENDS A LOSING SEQUENCE OF 12
Black N Bettor, who fractured his pelvis almost two years ago, produced a splendid first-up performance at Gloucester Park on Friday night and ended a losing sequence of 12 when he gave a bold frontrunning display to win the 2130m 96FM Pace.
“He has never been the same horse since he damaged his pelvis and I don’t think he’s ever going to realise his full potential,” said trainer Gary Hall sen.
“However, it was a good win at his first run after a spell. I think the break from racing has been beneficial. He was injured he was running in and out of his yard and hit a wall.”
Black N Bettor, a five-year-old New Zealand-bred gelding, who was the beneficiary of the drop-down rule two starts earlier after extending his losing sequence to ten, returns to an M2 classification after his win on Friday night when he started at 4/1 and a clear second favourite behind Pacific Warrior (evens).
Byand the 12th and last foal out of the Smooth Fella mare Smooth Doll, Black N Bettor has raced exclusively in Western Australia and has earned $113,767 from 11 wins and 16 placings from 56 starts.
He started from the prized No. 1 barrier on Friday night and Gary Hall jun. rated him well in front, with Pacific Warrior in the breeze and My Jasami trailing the pacemaker. Black N Bettor sped over the second and third 400m sections of the final mile in 28.7sec. and 27.8sec. and needed to run the final quarter in 29.7sec. to defeat his fast-finishing stablemate My Jasami by 1m, with Pacific Warrior and 60/1 outsider Belhelvie dead-heating for third.
STILL CHOKIN BREAKS LOSING RUN OF 14
New Zealand-bred five-year-old Still Chokin ended a losing sequence of 14 when he started at 13/4 and sustained a spirited finishing burst to beat High Five Mozza and Close To Cullen in the 2536m TABtouch Pathway Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night.
Trained at Oakford byfor Paul and Tony Poli, Still Chokin started from barrier four on the back line and was eighth after a lap with 7/4 favourite Finbar Abbey travelling well in the lead.
eased Still Choking three wide approaching the bell and the gelding finished determinedly to get to the front 250m from home on his way to defeating High Five Mozza by 4m at a 1.59.4 rate.
Finbar Abbey faded to fifth. Strike A Life, who led early and then trailed the pacemaker, fought on to be fourth. The stewards suspended the licence of Jamie Rigoli for 16 days for having shifted Strike A Life from behind the leader in the back straight in the final lap, tightening Majestical Babe. This, in turn, caused severe interference to Black Cracker and Machlennan.
Still Chokin, a winner at one of his nine New Zealand starts, has earned $38,279 from five wins and 12 placings from 38 starts.
MAJORLY FOXY STYX BREAKS THROUGH FOR HER FIRST WIN
Majorly Foxy Styx, a New Zealand-bred filly owned by Robert Watson, broke through for her first win when she produced a strong finishing burst to beat Major Flirt (5/2) and Generally Outspoken (6/4) in the 1730m Melbourne Cup Luncheon at GP Pace for two-year-old fillies at Gloucester Park on Friday night.
Watson, who races Generally Outspoken in partnership with Grace Inwood, looked set to win the race when Gary Hall jun. sent her forward, three wide, 600m after the start to take the lead 100m later.
This left Major Flirt trailing the pacemaker, with Majorly Foxy Styx three back on the pegs.eased Majorly Foxy Styx off the pegs 250m from home and the filly finished with admirable spirit to hit the front in the final 50m. The win gave top trainer Gary Hall sen. his fourth winner on the ten-event program, after earlier successes with Heavens Delight, Real Hammer and Black N Bettor.
Majorly Foxy Styx, by, is the second foal out of the unraced mare Foxy Styx. Majorly Foxy Styx had seven starts in Victoria for three second placings and this was her second appearance in Western Australia.
REAL HAMMER RELISHES HIS PACEMAKING ROLE
Real Hammer, a Victorian-bred four-year-old, showed his liking as a pacemaker when he made the most of the No. 1 barrier in the 2130m 6PR Sports Today Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night.
It was his first win in Western Australia at his fifth start in the State and took his record to nine wins and 11 placings from 34 starts for stakes of $64,323.
Real Hammer, trained by Gary Hall sen. and driven confidently by Gary Hall jun., was hot favourite at 3/1 on and gave his supporters no worries after beginning brilliantly. The gelding sped over the final four 4900m sections in 29.5sec., 29.3sec., 28.7sec. and 28.7sec. to win by a shade under two lengths from 25/1 chance Rojen Cruz, who finished fast from seventh on the pegs at the bell.
El Machine, who raced without cover over the final 1200m, battled on gamely to be third. The winner rated a slick 1.55.3.
by Ken Casellas