Day At The Track

Stable newcomer delivers knockout blow to punters

03:30 PM 07 Sep 2015 NZST
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Wingatui Dew
Wingatui Dew easily wins the Stonebridge Regal Pace (2200m) in Launceston
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Former New South Wales pacer Wingatui Dew delivered a knockout blow to harness racing punters in Launceston on Sunday night when he outgunned a long odds-on favourite that most punters deemed a certainty in the Stonebridge Regal Pace (C0) over 2200m which was the first leg of the quadrella.

The Barrie Rattray-trained Bettormack started the $1.10 favourite while Wingatui Dew was a big drifter $8 to start $13.90.

But Wingatui Dew flew the gate to lead easily and while Todd Rattray aboard The Bettormack had a look for the lead he quickly realised it was a futile exercise and eased his charge out of the contest.

The Bettormack faced the breeze for most of the race with the driver content to sit over a sulky length from the leader so as not to overtax his horse.

When Rattray asked The Bettormack for the big effort in back straight the last time he was unable to make any impression on the leader.

Wingatui Dew cruised to an effortless emphatic win over the favourite with Berri Damour a distant third ahead of Bad Boy Hughes.

It was Wingatui Dew's first start in Tasmania and the Grant Hodges-trained four-year-old had only fair form at Menangle prior to arriving in Tasmania.

While his win was impressive, driver Erin Hollaway said the gelding must mend his ways if he is to go the next step in Tasmania.

"He didn't settle at all tonight so we are going to have to fix that or it will bring him undone sooner than later," Hollaway said.

"He is a nice horse and we knew from watching replays from his runs at Menangle that he had good gate speed and he definitely showed that tonight," she said.

Peter Staples


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