Half the field are occupants of Medhurst’s Mangalore complex and to make it harder for the opposition, they will occupy the two inside and the two outside boxes, in what promises to be a wonderful contest.
Medhurst will box Groovy Lane (Velocette – Come Over Nova), Homeward (High Earner – In Top Gear), Mystic Falls (Bit Chili – Wongawillilesley) and Real Caution (Dyna Lachlan – Topline Relly), with the former the fastest qualifier with a time of 26.06.
Despite the dominance of the Medhurst kennel during the qualifying events, Brighton trainer Shane Whitney is quietly confident that his representative, Arome Peche (Dyna Lachlan – Last Serenade), will give connections a great sight.
Best known for his previous association with the outstanding stayers Chinatown lad and Fallen Zorro, Whitney has been enjoying a great run of success in recent weeks with his small team and is naturally hoping that it will continue in Thursday night’s feature.
Raced by Les Winter and Frank Katranjac, Arome Peche has raced on only two occasions for a win and second placing and is generally regarded as a big improver.
“He is usually a very fast beginner, but last week he was slow out and headed for the rail, which ultimately brought about his undoing.” Whitney explained this week.
“I know the yellow box is not ideal, but I believe that he has the speed to lead this field and if that happens, he will take plenty of catching. My father Gavin won the race about fifteen years ago with Tick Two Five, so I am naturally hoping that I can also be seen in the winners circle on Thursday night.”
Another of the Whitney team that has excelled in recent weeks is the former New South Wales chaser Black Rip (Goodesy – Richmond Fox), whomade it three in a row by taking out the Big Dog Front Runner Oil Invitation (515 metres) at the LGRC meeting on Monday night.
“I heard on the grapevine that Black Rip was for sale, so I arranged a syndicate headed by my father to purchase him. We are all having plenty of fun because he has won six of eleven starts for us,” he explained.
The chaser will now contest the Curtains and Blinds Launceston Cup Heats which commence on Monday night and culminate in a $40,000 to the winner final on Monday night February 17.
Meanwhile astute Moonah trainer Graeme Moate was seen in the winner’s circle at the NWGRC meeting on Tuesday afternoon when the smart bitch Whodat Lass (Big Daddy Cool – Shanlyn Lass) was successful in the $4,340 Betfair Distance Championship Final (580 metres).
The bitch gave nothing else a chance after finding the premier position early in the event from the pink box and has now won seven of 20 Tasmanian outings since debuting here in August.
$10,500 MAIDEN THOUSAND FINAL (461 METRES)
1. Mystic Falls (Bit Chili – Wongawillilesley) TedMedhurst
2. Real Caution (Dyna Lachlan – Topline Relly) Ted Medhurst)
3. Wee Fire (Lochinvar Marlow – Arrow On Fire) Margaret Rossendell
4. Midnight Bird (High Earner – Superlicious) Michael Dobson
5. Arome Peche (Dyna Lachlan – Last Serenade) Shane Whitney
6. Captain Dylan (Collision – Lightning Moss) Allan Anderson
7. Homeward (High Earner – In Top Gear) Ted Medhurst
8. Groovy Lane (Velocette – Come Over Nova) Ted Medhurst
9. Pacha Queen (Dyna Lachlan – Wicked Witch) Em 1 Harold Cameron
10. Spring Fall (Bit Chili – Wongawillilesley) Em 2 Ted Medhurst