Day At The Track

Lang responds to SOS with feature win

02:40 AM 22 Dec 2014 NZDT
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Spitfire Rose (Gavin Lang) returns ahead of favourite Tandias Bromac (Chris Alford) after winning $20,000 George Johnson mares classic.jpg Spirtfire Rose (Gavin Lang) cruises to easy win in George Johnsn in Hobart.jpg
Gavin Lang returns Spitfire Rose to the winners' circle
Photo Peter Staples
Spirtfire Rose cruises to easy win in George Johnsn in Hobart
Photo Peter Staples

Talented Tasmanian mare Spitfire Rose made it a clean sweep for the locals when she powered home to score a convincing win in the prestigious George Johnson mares’ classic at Tattersall's Park in Hobart yesterday.

Spitfire Rose started at the lucrative price of $12 (fixed), with in-form Victorian mare Tandias Bromac from the Amanda Grieve stable the $1.50 favourite.

The winner was driven by Gavin Lang, who admitted the victory was a bit special because of the circumstances surrounding how he came to drive the daughter of Jeremes Jet.

Spitfire Rose is trained by Rohan Hadley, who also usually drives her in races, but when he became Ill a few weeks ago he called on Lang to make the trip across Bass Strait for the drive.

“Rohan isn’t travelling too well at the minute, so I came across to drive here and she did a wonderful job,” Lang said.

Spitfire Rose faced the breeze from the outset ahead of Tandias Bromac which landed on her back in the one-one.

But Tandias Bromac’s driver Chris Alford was unhappy with the speed set by El Jays Magic, so he took off two laps from home to assume control.

This left Spitfire Rose still facing the breeze, but it was short-lived when Whisper Jet obliged by sweeping around them three-wide to occupy the ‘death seat’.

Turning for home Tandias Bromac burst clear, but when Lang eased Spitfire Rose three-wide to make her charge, she powered home to beat the favourite 10 metres, with El Jays Magic three metre away third.

Hadley was at the track, but not physically well enough to venture down to the presentation area.

“This was a great win by the mare and I’m thankful for Gavin for answering the call,” Hadley said. “She's a very good mare that deserved to win a good race and there's none better than this in Tasmania.”

Hadley stated there were no specific plans to target any interstate races with Spitfire Rose, which has won 10 and been placed 12 times from 34 starts for close to $70,000 in stakes.

Spitfire Rose began her career in New South Wales where she was winless from nine outings, but notched three placings at Penrith and one at Menangle.

She joined Hadley's stable in July last year, but was retired from the race at her first start in the state but made amends at her subsequent outing at the same venue a week later.

She travelled to Victoria for the Four-Year-Old Breeders’ Crown series and was third in her heat behind Cenosilocophobia, but suffered an injury and was sent for a spell.

This latest assignment was her second this time in, having finished third first-up in the Mother of Pearl in Launceston on November 30.

  • PETER STAPLES

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