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Scandalman impresses at the trials + news

02:02 AM 09 Nov 2011 NZDT
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Lance Justice Jim Douglass
Lance Justice
Jim Douglass

Scandalman only tasted defeat once as a two year old and if his trial at Tabcorp Park Menangle on Tuesday afternoon (November 8) is anything to go on his three year old harness racing season could be just as exciting.

Regular driver Jim Douglass partnered the son of Live Or Die in the trial and was full of praise for the youngster.

“He went very well and Ian (Wilson trainer) and I couldn’t be happier with what he did in the trial,” Douglass said.

“I didn’t bustle him out of the gate or anything like that, we just came out steadily before working around to the front and dashed home in 56.9 for the final 800 metres winning by about two metres and I didn’t push him right out either.”

Scandalman won the trial in 1:54.9 with the quarters being clocked in 27.8, 30.2, 28.8 and home in 28.1.

“He seems to have pulled up really well and hopefully he has a big season ahead of him, Ian might give him one more trial before he goes to the races or after that effort he might decide to resume straight away, we will just have to see how he feels on Wednesday and Thursday.”

“It is going to be a very big season for him because Ian has talked about setting him for races like the Victorian, New South Wales and Queensland Derbies and if he was going well enough at the time I guess a trip to New Zealand for their feature three year old events wouldn’t be out of the question either.”

Stablemate Hesa Buzzin will compete in the Coca Cola Amatil Sprint at Menangle on Saturday night and Douglass is expecting another strong performance from the stayer.

“It is no secret that he is better suited when the races are longer races and after he drew so wide on the track it is going to be very tough for him but he has thrived off the recent trip to Queensland so he won’t let anyone down on Saturday.”

“His campaign will most likely include the Bohemia Crystal Free For All on Miracle Mile night, the Treuer Memorial at Bankstown before he heads off to Victoria for races like the Cranbourne and Victoria Cups.”


The added bonus of a berth in this year’s Miracle Mile for this Saturday night’s Coca Cola Amatil Sprint winner enticed the connections of Our Malabar to bring the talented pacer to Sydney this weekend. Our Malabar is owned by the same group that races Smoken Up and according to spokesman Peter Gadsby the Miracle Mile invitation incentive was just too good to ignore.

“It is a great setup with direct invitation events this year because trainers and owners can plan and set their horses for races like the Newcastle Mile, the Coca Cola Sprint and the Cordina Sprint,” Gadsby said.

“Lance (Justice trainer) and the rest of the syndicate were extremely pleased with Our Malabar’s efforts in the Legends Mile at Melton last Friday night and he has pulled up really well since that run so it seemed the logical thing to do was to give him a chance at qualifying for the Miracle Mile.”

Our Malabar has drawn well and will begin from barrier four but has a noted fast beginner in Mister Anthony drawn in gate two, while Grand Circuit winner Washakie has the pole.

“It is better than drawing deep on the track and in these types of races it is never going to be easy but he has very good tactical speed as he showed in the Legends when he handed over to Melpark Major and got the run of the race in behind the leader.”

“Lance doesn’t arrive back in Sydney from his New Zealand commitments with Smoken Up until Saturday but the reports from Melbourne are that everything is spot on for Saturday night.”

Smoken Up will compete in the New Zealand Free For All on Friday before returning to Australia on Sunday.

“Smoken Up will fly into Sydney and from there Lance will pick him up and take him back to Victoria.”

“We were very proud of Smoken Up’s run on Tuesday and he was very brave to finish second but the winner Terror To Love is very talented and will be a major contender in the Miracle Mile.”


Scandalman's last start win at Tavcorp melton on May 20, 2011:

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