Day At The Track

Silver lining for Breeders Crown outsiders

12:00 AM 28 Aug 2019 NZST
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Floating Mountain,Harness racing
Floating Mountain
Stuart McCormick photo

The Breeders Crown Silver races are gaining a reputation for being punting puzzlers.

Tonight at Geelong the favourites failed to land a blow, going 0/6 in the feature events as the rich series wound up.

At the corresponding meeting last year the tote fancies went 0/7.

The each-way punters might have fared well early, with Theultimate opening tonight’s proceedings with a half-neck win in the Always B Miki Breeders Crown two-year-old fillies’ Silver Pace.

Despite starting a $5.9 outsider against $2.4 favourite Jo Dina and $2.5 second-elect Summertime, Theultimate – prepared by astute trainer John Yeomans – bloused her rivals up the Beckley Park straight courtesy of a typically patient Gavin Lang drive.

The champion reinsman bided his time aboard the improving daughter of champion sire Art Major before unleashing her late, Theultimate nailing La La Bron at the post for a half-neck win in a 2:00.0 mile rate.

She was specked in fixed-odds markets throughout the day. 

The winner is out of unheralded racetrack mare Salix, whose true value has shone in the breeding barn with five winners from five foals – including 38-time winner Ultimate Art (1:50.3).

Itzamajor Surprise proved just that in the Woodlands Stud Breeders Crown three-year-old fillies’ Silver Pace, causing a boil-over for Terang’s Matthew Craven.

Another daughter of Art Major, Itzamajor Surprise looked every bit the athlete late as she powered to her third career victory by 5.1m over Jess Tubbs-trained pair Lady Rocknrolla and Larajay Macray in 1:57.7.

Itzamajor Surprise started at $13.7, with commanding $1.2 favourite Two Times Bettor tiring to finish fourth after riding shotgun throughout.

Two Times Bettor broke in the score-up and had to do a power of chasing to get into her starting position, before motoring forward to the position outside the leader early on. The effort told late.

In addition to being an Art Major, Itzamajor Surprise has bloodlines to shine on her mother’s side, her dam Itz Nosurprisesthere a three-time Oaks winner in 2013 – claiming the New South Wales, Queensland and Tasmanian features.

Veteran horseman Graeme Whittle took out the Aldebaran Park Breeders Crown two-year-old Silver Trot with Skyvalley-Kyvalley Diva gelding Floating Mountain (pictured above by Stuart McCormick).

At start No.4, Floating Mountain trotted flawlessly and held off the fast-finishing Miss Maia by a half-head in a rate of 2:05.3.

Steve Turnbull and Bec Bartley combined to win the IRT Breeders Crown three-year-old colts and geldings’ Silver Pace with Firestorm Red, narrowly upstaging hot favourite Hurricane Harley.

Firestorm Red, a colt by Somebeachsomewhere out of Spirited Storm, had produced a couple of eye-catching runs during the Vicbred and Breeders Crown preliminary races, so the writing may have been on the wall for some punters clever enough to take some of the $14.

Firestorm Red rated 1:57.6.

An aggressive drive by Kate Gath aboard Night Spirit (pictured below by Stuart McCormick) helped land the Downbytheseaside Breeders Crown two-year-old colts and gelding’ Silver Pace.

Gath made her intentions clear early aboard the son of Mach Three, driving hard to get across heavily backed polemarker The Tiger Army.

Once in front Night Spirit had to sustain the effort when Krafty Bart pulled and applied pressure throughout.

But Night Spirit was up to the task, pulling clear late to upstage The Tiger Army by 5.3m with Monsieur Delacour close-up in third in a 1:59.4 mile rate.

Night Spirit is trained by Andy Gath and is a member of the powerful Uncork family (his dam Blissfull Night was out of daughter of Uncork Whatacorka).

Uncork has had 13 foals to the races for 12 winners, with Rambunctious – her only maiden runner – showing ability from just six starts to date.

Rave On Hall (Andover Hall-Pretty Peggy Sue) capped the night at $11.10 for the all-conquering Anton Golino camp, taking out the What The Hill / Father Patrick Breeders Crown three-year-old Silver Trot.

Driven by Rodney Petroff, Rave On Hall packed too much punch late for stablemate Norquay (a $58.3 outsider), rating 2:04.0.

And for the trivia buffs, the last favourite to win a Breeders Crown Silver race was Carter Bromac for Amanda Turnbull back in 2017.

 

Cody Winnell

HRV Trots Media

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