Taylor’s Hold The Gold Collar Key

Bridport couple Mick and Joanne Taylor hold the key to the $7,500 Simons Carpet One Gold Collar Final (515 metres) to be conducted at Monday night’s LGRC meeting at the Tote Racing Centre.

Their kennel will provide half the field to contest the rich event – litter mates Bit Hot Sally, Bit Hot Henry, Bit Hot Finchy and Bit Hot Rusty, having qualified when two heats were conducted at last Monday night’s meeting.

Bit Hot Finchy and Bit Hot Rusty won the heats, with Bit Hot Sally and Bit Hot Henry both finishing in third place, in what was a great result for the kennel.

The Taylor’s have now won 11 races with members of the Bit Chili – Blitzing Chloe litter, but if they are successful on Monday night it will be their biggest pay-day since becoming involved in the sport more than two decades ago.

Bit Hot Finchy and Bit Hot Henry filled the placings behind the Gary Fahey prepared Daniel’s Bay in the recent Breeders Classic Final conducted at the Devonport Raceway, but on Monday night the Taylor’s are hoping to go one better.

“We are quite happy with the draw and all four chasers have done well in recent days, so we are hoping for a bit of luck in running,” Joanne revealed this week.

“The Launceston track is different to the Devonport Raceway circuit in that it is probably better to draw closer to the rail and we have the red and check boxes with two of our runners, which may work in our favour.”

The Taylor’s have bred only one litter from Pure Octane bitch Blitzing Chloe, but now have the incentive to continue and are planning to mate her with Dyna Lachlan

Penguin based mentor Butch Deverell has qualified the relatively inexperienced Kalaway Ernie for the Gold Collar Final and is predicting that sometime in the future he will mature into a handy chaser.

“Kalaway Ernie is a mad railer and therefore not suited by the draw, but he is possessed of plenty of ability and will make the grade,” he divulged.

By Knocka Norris from the Clearwater Boy bitch Trina Sage, Kalaway Ernie was bred by Ulverstone’s Hilton Gossage and is raced by the Nagars Syndicate headed by golfer Kerry Lehman.

“I have three of the litter in my kennel but Kalaway Ernie is the only one to win at this stage of proceedings,” Deverell explained.

“I think there are about sixteen members in the Nagars Syndicate and obviously it is good for the game that so many first-time owners are involved.”

Meanwhile veteran Bracknell trainer Maurie Strickland was seen back in the winners circle at the Devonport Raceway on Tuesday afternoon when the smart performer Teddy Tom Boy was successful in the Devonport Show Cup (452 metres).

Owned by Westbury couple Bill and Anne Witherden, he exploded from the boxes and gave his rivals something to chase, eventually scoring by four lengths as a well supported $3.30 commodity.

Teddy Tom Boy is a member of the highly successful Aston Galilee – Patsy Anne litter which includes the additional good winners Yappin Jack, Sentry Duty, Battek Boss, Hindsight, Little Spin, Lizzie Beth, Orange Boy and Oscar Ralph.

$7,500 SIMONS CARPET ONE GOLD COLLAR FINAL (515 METRES)

1. Bit Hot Sally (G.Taylor)
2. Bit Hot Henry (G.Taylor)
3. Wild Fling (E. Medhurst)
4. Wild Cindy (E. Medhurst)
5. Capable Conflict (W.Williams)
6. Bit Hot Finchy (G.Taylor)
7. Kalaway Ernie (B.Deverell)
8. Bit Hot Henry (G.Taylor)
9. Miss Floss (W. Williams)
10. Global Lad (K.McConnon)