Reece Memorial a much sought after prize

12:28 PM 09 Dec 2013 NZDT
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Divas Delight (Todd Rattray) wins Eric Reece Memorial heat.jpg
Divas Delight (Todd Rattray) wins Eric Reece Memorial heat
Divas Delight secured a berth in the Eric Reece Memorial final by leading all-the-way win in a heat over 2090 metres at Tattersall's Park in Hobart on Sunday night.

The Barrie Rattray-trained gelding has been a model of consistency without winning this season notching consecutive placings from his four outings this time in.

But driver Todd Rattray used the four-year-old gelding's speed from the mobile to cross from gate five and from there on he led his rivals a merry chase.

Divas Delight (Bettors Delight-Draw Card) cruised to the line to score by over six metres from Cardinal Dreamer that trained the leader throughout with Saloon In Sight almost three metres away third.

"He got to the front tonight and that's made all the difference," said trainer Barrie Rattray.

"You can't say he hasn't been consistent this time in but he has always been a very honest little fella," he said.

The Eric Reece Memorial wasn't specifically targeted by the trainer.

"This race just came along at the right time for him but it is definitely a race that every trainer and owner wants to win because it is named after a politician who was described as a person for the battlers."

"It is definitely one race that everyone wants to win," Rattray said.

Driver Todd Rattray said his charge was always travelling like a winner.

"Once we led it was probably always going to be a matter of how far," the driver said.

"He has been racing well and deserved to win," he said.

The second heat was won by the Rod Burgess-trained Notimetothink that was resuming from a lengthy spell.

The gelding was partnered by Rohan Hillier who allowed him to face the breeze throughout and he defied the tough run top hold on and score by metre from Reallyimaterminata with Podarkes a nose away third.

It was a tough effort by the Rod Burgess-trained gelding that was having his first start since April.

The third heat was taken out by Mighty Boy Coconut that also resuming from a lengthy spell.

It was the Nathan Ford-trained five-year-old's first outing since June but he made the most of the inside draw (1) to lead and when Ford released the brakes at the top of the home straight he sped clear and hit the line about 20 metres clear of Gothic rage that trailed the winner throughout with Angkristy third just in advance of interstate invader me Mate Les that is prepared at Clyde by Jayne Davies.

The final heat was won by Mes Elsu (Elsu-One For Me) that also led all the way although the margin was nowhere near as convincing at Mighty Boy Coconut's.

Mes Elsu had a battle for the early lead with Little Miss Feral but when that mare broke stride it left Ricky Duggan's charge to stroll to the lead.

Mes Elsu set a solid tempo and when challenged strongly in the home straight the Juanita McKenzie-trained six-year-old gelding found enough to hold out Rorybeebellows and Gun Filly.

The Eric Reece Memorial final will be held in a fortnight at Tattersall's Park.

 

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