Smart chaser Kalaway Crusty was successful in the Grade 4 (452 metres) conducted at Tuesday’s NWGRC meeting at the Devonport Raceway and in doing so carried on the good work in recent months of the Knocka Norris – Trina Sage litter raced by the Ulverstone based The Nagars Syndicate.
The particular litter has already produced five winners of a total of 22 races and stakes of slightly in excess of $45,000, with the standout at this stage of proceedings being the exceptional Kalaway Ernie, the winner of nine races including the prestigious Illingworth Classic.
Trina Sage (Clearwater Boy – Nick’s New One) was bred by prominent Tasmanian sportsman Barry Gossage and was the winner of nine races. To date she has produced three litters, the first by Knocka Norris having been bred by Gossage’s son Hilton, who was instrumental in forming The Nagars Syndicate comprising 16 golfers and headed by Ulverstone’s Kerry Lehman.
When queried about the unusual syndicate name, Lehman explained that it is made up of the words “Not A Golfers ……….”.
Prepared at Penguin by master trainer Butch Deverell, members of the litter are displaying great potential and their trainer is predicting that several of them will be better suited over longer distances.
Kalaway Ernie and Kalaway George will contest the rich Tasmanian Derby Final (515 metres) to be conducted at Monday night’s LGRC meeting and have drawn out in the green and black boxes. Deverell expects them to give a great sight in the event and is not unhappy with their draws, Kalaway Ernie having won the Illingworth Classic from the identical box.
“All we need is a bit of luck in running, they are in great shape and I consider the Shane Whitney prepared Arome Peche from the check box to be the logical danger,” he revealed.
Meanwhile top trainers Ted Medhurst, Russell Watts and Benjamin Englund appear likely to dominate Tasmanian Oaks (515 metres) proceedings, with each being represented by two runners in the feature event.
Watts will box Ireland’s Force (Kinloch Brae – Shanlyn Supreme) and Silly Lucy (Premier Fantasy – Lady Arko), Medhurst will be represented by Spring Fall (Bit Chili – Wongawillilesley) and Wild Cindy (Go Wild Teddy – Sultan’s Swing), whilst Englund will rug up littermates Wynburn Rush (Collide – Hayleys Girl) and Wynburn Loco.
The Moorleah based Watts is more than happy with his pair of chasers and would dearly love to win the event, which to date has eluded him.
“I don’t think I have had many runners in the Tasmanian Oaks and I certainly have never won the race, so it would be nice to win it for sure,” he explained.
“The obvious dangers are Spring Falls from the red box and Ben Englund’s chaser Wynburn Loco which can be a brilliant beginner at times.”