Kalaway Ernie Completes Unique Double

Classy youngster Kalaway Ernie (Knocka Norris – Trina Sage) completed a unique double when he was successful in the $5,000 to the winner Tasmanian Derby (515 metres) conducted at the LGRC meeting on Monday night. Several weeks earlier the Butch Deverell prepared chaser had prevailed in the prestigious Illingworth Classic conducted at the same venue, giving his fledgling owners, the Ulverstone based Nagars syndicate, a night to remember.

On Monday night Kalaway Ernie raced midfield, but railed home strongly to run down the Ted Medhurst prepared Real Caution (Dyna Lachlan – Topline Relly) within the shadows of the post to score a convincing victory in the time of 30.08. Arome Peche (Dyna Lachlan – Last Serenade), an occupant of the Shane Whitney kennel, ran a nice race to secure third prize.

“My bloke gave Real Caution three lengths start when they turned for home, but ran on in impressive fashion. He certainly is a promising type,” Deverell explained this week.

Bred By Hilton Gossage, the son of country football legend Barry Gossage, Kalaway Ernie is one of a highly successful litter that includes five individual winners and 24 races in total. They have combined for stakes in excess of $50,000 for the Ulverstone based Nagars Syndicate headed by Kerry Lehman.

“I believe there are sixteen members of the syndicate which originated at the Ulverstone Golf Club. It is great for the industry to have first-time owners such as these experience some success,” Deverell said.

Meanwhile the astute Penguin based trainer will start Kalaway Ernie at next Monday night’s LGRC meeting and then venture to Melbourne with the chaser to contest The Maturity in July.

“He has done all I have asked of him and deserves a chance to race against the best, but his lack of early pace may prove to be his undoing.”

Moorleah based mentor Russell Watts was responsible for a great training feat at the LGRC meeting when chasers from his kennel ran the quinella in the Tasmanian Oaks (515 metres).

Silly Lucy (Premier Fantasy – Lady Arko) prevailed in the feature event in the time of 29.81 and Ireland’s Force (Kinloch Brae – Shanlyn Supreme) took second stake a half length away. Third prize was secured by the fast finishing Wynburn Loco (Collide – Hayley’s Girl) from the Ben England complex.

Meanwhile smart bitch Her Highness (Bartrim Bale – Witch Fantasy) continued on her winning way at Tuesday’s NWGRC meeting when she completed a hat-trick of wins in the Grade 5 (452 metres) event.

Raced by Paul Westerveld and prepared at Broadmarsh by veteran trainer Keith Nichols, the bitch has now won five of her 10 outings and is displaying plenty of promise.

Nichols and Westerveld combined to also take out the next event on the card, the Grade 4 (452 metres) with Revelator (High Earner – Runway Model), which has now won six of 13 Tasmanian outings since debuting late last year.

Quick Advance (High Earner – Stylish Moon) returned to the winners list at the meeting when he proved too slick for his rivals in the Invitation (452 metres). He recorded a time of 25.74 in defeating the fast finishing Alvin Benz (Big Daddy Cool – Hot Octane) and Shanlyn Vapour (Vapour Whirl – Shanlyn Wilma), while paying the handsome win dividend of $5.40.

Raced by father and son combination Robert and Robin Grubb and prepared by the latter, he is a member of a highly successful litter which have taken all before them in Tasmania in recent times.