The champ Rewind made it nine wins in succession at the HGRC meeting last night when he blitzed his opposition in the $7,500 Betfair Tasmanian Gold Cup Final (461 metres).
The Maurie Strickland owned and prepared chaser missed the kick slightly from the green box, but then assumed control on the home turn and ran away from his rivals in the lane, eventually winning by four lengths in a best of the night time of 26.11.
He returned a win dividend of $1.40 and has started “in the red” at his last 13 appearances.
Racing in what is possibly career best form, the son of Collide will now be set for the rich Hobart Thousand series in an attempt to avenge his luckless second placing last year to Dyna Tron.
Rewind has now won 47 of 75 lifetime outings while accumulating a purse of in excess of $181,000.
Veteran Bracknell based trainer Strickland, well known as the trainer of the former champion hurdler Golden Unicorn, could not recall if he has won nine races in succession with a member of his kennel previously.
“I don’t think I have won nine on the trot previously, but can’t be sure,” he explained.
“He’s not a bad dog, getting a bit of age on him now but we are still up and running which is the main thing.”
“In two weeks time I will be having another shot at the Hobart Thousand and this time I will be hoping for a bit more luck than we had last year.”
Meanwhile master trainer Ted Medhurst and North West mentor Gary Johnson both prepared doubles at last night’s meeting.
Medhurst was seen in the winners circle with Fair Change and Black Cairo while Johnson’s winners were Buckle Up Molly and Starlena.
Female trainers Margaret Rossendell and Susan Gittus also experienced success with the chasers Canadian Bay and Select Breaker.
Burnie trainer Wayne Maine continued his recent run of success when Gold Max prevailed, the son of Surf Lorian having won three of five outings since transferring from Victoria in October.
Brighton trainer Gary Fahey produced the well related Martello Towers in fine fettle for his victory, the 11th of his 23 start career.
Former policeman Ian Callinan was sighted in the winners circle with the Costa, a member of the successful Cosmic Rumble – Icy Popsicle litter which recorded his initial victory in 15 outings.
Finally, Plenty trainer Phillip Cousens made it two in a row with Kensway, a son of Bombastic Shiraz which was transferred from Victoria early this year.