West Moonah trainer Kevin McConnon provided a major upset at the Devonport Raceway on Tuesday afternoon when smart bitch Pretty Pearl ( Where’s Pedro – Pretty Larkhill) resumed from a spell to take out the Simon’s Design Centre Grade 4 (452 metres) event.
The bitch was handily placed throughout and then gained a late run through to score in the best of the meeting time of 25.84 and paying the handsome dividend of $20.40.
McConnon prepares the bitch for his great mate Des Graham and wife Mary and despite the odds, was quietly confident of success.
“She last raced back in April and then completed a satisfactory stewards trial in May, but had been freshened up and did trial nicely last week at Tattersalls Park,” he explained after the win.
Pretty Pearl has now won 8 of 44 Tasmanian outings and stakes of in excess of $15,900 and has proven to be a worthwhile investment for connections.
Her victory proved to be a wonderful tonic for former champion footballer Des Graham, who unfortunately could not make the long trip north due to illness.
A former Tasmanian wingman and one of four Graham brothers, originally from the East Coast township of Swansea to play football at the top level, he is at home recovering from an operation.
Meanwhile smart chaser Stylish Claud (Knocka Norris – Cleburne Lass) continued on his winning way at the meeting by taking out the Tasfreight Grade 4 (452 metres) in brilliant fashion.
Prepared at Relbia by Tony Dawson and raced by his mother Beth, he made it two in a row at the venue by finishing off strongly, to score a narrow victory in the time of 25.89 and paying a dividend of $5.30.
Stylish Claud has now won seven of 35 lifetime outings and stakes of in excess of $12,900 and is racing in career best form.
At the Tote Racing Centre on Monday night, Wynyard trainer Scott Bryan’s great recent run of success continued when he prepared three winners on an 11 event card.
A relative newcomer to training ranks, Scott has enjoyed a great run and was seen in the winners circle with Wynburn Diamond (Big Daddy Cool – Swift Azz), Sir Sonic ( Bond – Lusty Star) and Wynburn Voodoo ( Vapour Whirl – Isseymiyake).
Scott has formed an association with former top trainer Tom Englund and his son Ben and the majority of his team are raced in partnership with them.
Penguin’s Butch Deverell prepared two winners on the Tote Racing Centre programme when litter brothers Jethro and Beaudine, by Head Bound from It’s A She, both won their respective events.
Raced by breeder Leigh Alexander, Jethro has been racing in sensational form and can now boast the enviable record of 16 wins from 30 starts and a purse of in excess of $35,000.
The chaser has won three races in less than a week and will front up tonight (Thursday) at Tattersalls Park attempting to win his fourth race in nine days.
The astute Deverell makes no secret of the fact that he considers Jethro to be a major player in the upcoming National Distance Championship Series to be conducted at Tattersalls Park in August.