Beige Bomber And Sparrow Baz Fly High At Virginia
With some minor dramas relating to water – no, not too much – not enough – sorted out, coursing was conducted in windy but fine conditions.
The Ruby Loans Rising Star Stakes was taken out by Marie Harvey's Beige Bomber trained by Dale Martin, and the youthful Shaun Laffin had a real boost to his training performance when taking out the Patron's Cup with Sparrow Baz.
The training performance of Carole Scott deserves a mention with Noble Quoted competing in his third Patron's Cup after winning in 2007 and 2008 – however, Sparrow Baz' younger legs won the day. Carole also had the runner-up in the Rising Star with Lola Montez.
Murray Harvey and Graeme Stirling both had doubles with Bitta Faith, Highland Way and Benita Bale, Vlasik and Don Turner provided another newcomer to the winner's circle with Gem of Mine.
Owners and Trainers are reminded that our next meeting scheduled for 6 September provides an opportunity for young dogs and bitches to compete in the Preludes for the Oaks and Derby. If nominations are sufficient, these will be run as separate events otherwise they will be combined. Nominations close with GRSA on the Wednesday preceding.
RACE 1 : RUBY LOANS RISING STAR
Marie Harvey's BEIGE BOMBER (F D, Oct '07; Mayorcan Kid/Supergirl) defeated Carole Scott's LOLA MONTEZ (BK B, Nov '07; Digital/Madam Lash) by 3 lengths in 15.27. Winner trained by Dale Martin.
RACE 2 : PATRON'S CUP
Shaun Laffin's SPARROW BAZ (BEBD D, Mar '07; Elite State/Bazwill) defeated Carole Scott's NOBLE QUOTED (RBD D, Jun '05; Token Prince/Miss Quoted) by 1.75 lengths in 14.91. Winner trained by Shaun Laffin.
RACE 3 : MACRO MEATS NOVICE STAKE
Marie Harvey's BITTA FAITH (BK B, Apr '07; Bitta Awesome/Wedding Kiss) defeated Marie Harvey's LITTLE BITTA (BE B, Apr '07; Bitta Awesome/Wedding Kiss) by 1.5 lengths in 15.33. Winner trained by Murray Harvey.
Paul Wheeler's BENITA BALE (BK B, Sep '06; Sonic Flight/Evonne Bale) defeated the Blitzem Vinnie Syndicate's BOSS MAN VIN (BK D, Aug '06; Carnage/Ocker Osti) by 3 lengths in 15.29. Winner trained by Graeme Stirling.
RACE 5 : ADELAIDE PLAINS VETERINARY SERVICES MAIDEN STAKE
David Rylewski's HIGHLAND WAY (FW B, May '06; Big Daddy Cool/Twisted Angel) defeated Narella Pittard's HARD WORK (BK D, Oct '06; Hotline Hero/Hotline Goldmine) by 1.5 lengths in 15.42. Winner trained by Murray Harvey.
RACE 6 : KENNARD'S HIRE MAIDEN STAKE
Donald Turner's GEM OF MINE (BD B, Mar '08; Primo Uno/Libby Lee) defeated Norma Millington's TEXAS BEN (BK D, Dec '06; Texas Gold/Midnight Judy) by 3 lengths in 15.42. Winner trained by Donald Turner.
RACE 7 : EMERLEY PARK MAIDEN STAKE
Michelle Stirling's VLASIK (WBK D, Jan '07; Royal Assassin/Rokara Reason) defeated Brian Parkinson's COSMIC LARA (BD B, Nov '07; Elgrando/Cosmic Emma) by 3 lengths in 15.53. Winner trained by Graeme Stirling.