Classy customer Rewind (Collide – Ricky’s Angel) returned to his “happy hunting ground” in Devonport on Tuesday afternoon to score a decisive victory in the Furniture City Invitation (452 metres).
The Maurie Strickland owned and prepared chaser has now won 15 of 21 outings at the venue, including the 2012 Devonport Cup, and appears to have a distinct liking for it, as opposed to the Launceston circuit where his record is not as impressive.
Rewind overcame an unfavourable draw on Tuesday afternoon and was able to record the second fastest time of the day 25.81, in winning by three lengths as a $1.90 favourite.
The chaser has won 33 of 50 lifetime outings and has amassed stakes of in excess of $60,000, proving to be a wonderful money-spinner for the veteran Bracknell owner-trainer.
The fastest time of the NWGRC meeting was credited to the Mick Stringer prepared Silver Dave (Vapour Whirl – Silver Rachael), which recorded 25.74 in winning thedogs.com.au Grade 5 (452 metres) by six lengths in 25.74.
Raced by Cheryl Fleming, the chaser has now won two of three starts since entering Stringer’s Mangalore kennels and had previously won a race at The Meadows in March.
On Tuesday he opened up a big break on his rivals early in proceedings and was able to maintain it to the wire, as a heavily supported $1.70 favourite.
Invermay trainer Eileen Thomas was seen in the winners circle on Tuesday when the former Victorian chaser Cointreau Cap (Premier Fantasy – Alotta Mojo) blitzed his rivals in the Dowling McCarthy Tyres Juvenile (452 metres).
Raced by a syndicate headed by Darren McDonald, the chaser flew the lids and displayed great speed to score by two lengths in the time of 26.17.
The chaser was having his first start in a race and was a quiet tip on track, eventually paying a dividend of $4.20.
Favourite for the event was the well related Palooka (Dyna Lachlan – It’s A She), which missed the kick slightly before finishing just behind the placegetters in fourth placing.
Moonah trainer Loretta Luttrell took out the WHK Grade 5 (452 metres) event at the meeting with the highly promising Silent Giggle (Silent Guardian – Witch Pirate).
Resuming from injury, the bitch was impressive in winning by four lengths in the time of 26.05, as a well supported $1.70 commodity.
Silent Giggle, which last raced in June, has now won 12 of 39 outings and will well and truly pay her way in coming months.
Longest priced winner at the meeting was the Darren Critchley prepared Trinity Lad ( Where’s Pedro – Smurf’s Madeline), which returned a dividend of $13.90 in winning the Hankook Tyres Grade 4 (452 metres).
The chaser had not won a race for almost two years, but was able to defeat Sir Slater (Slater – Princess Keeping) and Country Bumpkin ( Bond – Firefly Belle) in the time of 26.47.