Tuesday’s NWGRC meeting at the Devonport Raceway was dominated by the fairer sex with two female trainers recording a double on the ten event programme.
Launceston’s Kim Rockliff was successful with Frank’s Memory (Paddy’s Flame – Indiana Waters) and Shardan (Big Daddy Cool – Jasper’s Oceana) and Mangalore’s Susan Gittus completed her double with Feraro Frugal (Where’s Pedro – Feraro Jet) and his litter-brother Feraro Karma.
Rockliff, the daughter of veteran harness racing trainer Allan “Nobby” Abra, has been responsible for a great training feat with Frank’s Memory, which is owned in Hobart by Bernard Place.
“He was a handful early, but he has now won two races here in Tasmania and appears to have settled down reasonably well,” she explained after the race.
She prepares only a small team in addition to helping her father out with his horses and therefore does not venture into the winners circle that often, whereas Gittus, who tends a large team, is no stranger to multiple successes.
Holwell trainer Barry Adams provided a major upset at the NWGRC meeting when Adam’s Molly (Give Me Five – Adam’s Beauty) greeted the judge while paying a win dividend of $39.
The bitch was having only her third start in a race and had been in the market at her previous run when unplaced at odds of $3.60.
“She had been beginning slowly, but I put plenty of work into her since her last run and she was much more settled today,” he explained.
“I placed her into the boxes first and she flew the lids and displayed her true ability, which was great.”
The local champ Rewind (Collide – Ricky’s Angel), who did not contest the National Sprint Championship due to injury, was back to his brilliant best and showed his rivals a clean pair of paws in winning the Furniture City Invitation (452 metres).
The Maurie Strickland prepared chaser led from the red box and recorded a slippery 25.64 in defeating the Mick Stringer prepared Bergermeister ( Bit Chili – She Be Nimble).
Meanwhile Penguin trainer Butch Deverell is pleased to report that his outstanding chaser Jethro (Head Bound – It’s A She) has recovered nicely following his great third placing in the National Distance Championship.
“Considering he is only a pup I thought that his effort in taking ground from the leaders late in the race was outstanding,” he declared.
“We will now travel him interstate, I believe there is a suitable race for him in three weeks at The Meadows.”
Officials of the HGRC have been congratulated by the local media for their efforts in conducting the National Championship series, which attracted a very good crowd despite the fact that the weather was inclement to say the least.