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Trots Review: Double for Danny

03:30 PM 15 Apr 2020 NZST
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Smynanna Mickey’s Tasco Petroleum Pace win at Mildura last night capped driver Danny Weinert’s first career double.

And the Merbein horseman is predicting bigger things for the four-year-old mare (pictured second from left), trained by Chris Smythe, who upstaged the most seasoned horses in the region to register her sixth career win.

In the interview conducted for Trots Media's new Trots Review column, Weinert spoke of the positive impression the mare had made on him.  “She’s actually a very nice horse but she’s still learning to adjust to the tempo against that class,” he said.

“But she’s gone from racing against the old C1s and C2s to suddenly racing against the best horses we’ve got.

“It wasn’t long ago she was racing against one I had called Crowbar Johnson, all of a sudden it’s Murranji Track and horses like that.”

From gate one last night, Smynanna Mickey allowed Causenfriction to run to the lead early, and the subsequent lead time was posted at 40.7 seconds (half a second outside the record, reported race caller Luke Humphreys).

The heat didn’t dissipate for the following 1200m either, Causenfriction posting a 29.5 first quarter, a 29 second and 29.4 third split.

With about 1000m to go Murranji Track made his move to try to eyeball the leader – but the blistering second stanza saw reinsman Allan MacDonald urging the veteran fast-class pacer to get on terms.

All the while Weinert sat patiently on the backs of the pacemakers as the trio broke well clear of the peloton down the back straight.

“Coming around that final corner I was thinking, had she had enough or was she just bludging? She was just bludging,” Weinert said.

Just as he eased the mare to the outside of the lead horses, Weinert had to click up Smynanna Mickey and she found enough to grind home best in a 31.6 last quarter.

“To drive her, you think this horse has no idea what she’s doing … she just switches off in the run and you do have to wake her up a bit, but as a four-year-old, to be beating those horses, she’s doing a great job. She’s got upside, a catchy name, a good temperament and she’s only had 15 starts.

“She makes her own luck. As Chris said last night, he’d like to see her driven cold off the gate. And I used her off the gate for a short distance, but she still got home all right.”

In the previous race, the One Stop Wholesaler Pace, Weinert combined with trainer Andrew Vozlic to win with six-year-old Euston Flyer.

“I thought he was my winner for the night. I had to beat Twobobjack, who I drove last week, and I thought should have won. I thought ‘if I can out-drive him and get the right run then we could win’ and we got the luck," Weinert said.

“He’s got a good turn of speed for a couple of hundred metres. He sprints really well and can take advantage of an opening when the run comes.”

Weinert had eight drives and said he was “unlucky not to finish with three wins” as Bezzaboma was beaten a head by Graceful Art in the Tankard Dental Pace (Race 4).

Fair to say he’s enjoying the region-based racing model.

“I think the best part of it is there’s money staying in the region. We can’t be lucky like this all the time and we know we can’t live in a bubble, but it’s just going great for local horses, local people and that’s fantastic for trotting,” he said.

Meanwhile, Sandra O’Connor notched just her second career winner as a driver – and first since Ohokas Cullen in May 2014 – when she piloted Trooper Mossman home in the Gateway Pace. It was career win number 145 for O’Connor as a trainer.

Reinsman Reece Moore continued his region-based racing dominance in the Sunraysia with a winning double, victorious aboard Rhyflective in the Park Douglas Printing Pace, for 85-year-old trainer Laurie Callick, and Mister Jimaringle for trainer Terry Gange.


Ashwood, Tormey dominate 

At Bendigo yesterday the Alex Ashwood show rolled on big time.

Ashwood finished with four winners from the eight-race card, one more win than Ellen Tormey, who secured a winning treble, with Glenn Douglas the other winning reinsman at Lord’s.

Busters Grin brought up the first of Ashwood’s successes in the Smartline Personal Mortgage Advisers Pace for trainer Trevor Patching in Race 1.

The gun reinsman then followed with victories aboard Belltopperboy for Kent Harpley in the Sheahan Plumbing Trot, Well Defined for Kate Hargreaves in the Bendigo Sky Boat Centre Trot, and Above Average for Justin Brewin in the Race Services Pace.


Today's trots

The spotlight turns to Headquarters today for a daytime Tabcorp Park Melton meeting kicking off at 1.18pm, with Lord’s Raceway firing up again tonight for an additional Bendigo meeting.




Race 5: Union Boss (4yo entire by Union Guy out of Torrential Hannah)
Yet to see much to get excited about at the trials. His dam was a 10-time winner with over $50k in stakemoney. This fella is a half-brother to Flying Hannah, who won five races and rated 1:56.1 when winning at Bendigo in 2018.



Race 3: Barbs Gift (2yo filly trotter by Bacardi Lindy out of Catchya Taddy)

Another who hasn't done much at the trials. She’s the first foal of Catchya Taddy to get to the races.


HRV Trots Media - Cody Winnell

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