It has been stated many times that Lilli Pilli Lad’s 452 metre track standard of 25.13 established in July 2000 would never be bettered, but the exceptional bitch Sing The Song (High Earner – Stylish Moon) changed all that on Tuesday afternoon when she recorded a blistering 25.01 in winning the Invitation.
Prepared by 86 year-old Robert Grubb of Launceston and raced by him and members of his immediate family, the bitch flew the lids and gave a faultless display of sustained speed to score by seven lengths as a raging $1.60 commodity.
The bitch has now won 16 of 43 outings and is probably the pick of the High Earner – Stylish Moon litter which has yielded seven individual winners and 63 wins combined.
“Establishing a new track record at Devonport came as a real surprise to us. We were aware that Sing The Song had plenty of ability, but to smash Lilli Pilli Lad’s record was great,” the trainer’s son Robin explained this week.
“She was only marginally outside the track record recently in Hobart and has also been within an ace of the Devonport distance record, but on this occasion she really turned it on for all to see.”
The Grubb family have refused several good offers for Sing The Song in the past, but opted to retain her as a prospective brood bitch for the future.
“She is a lovely leggy bitch and should make a good broodbitch and we will breed another litter from Stylish Moon by the ill – fated High Earner later in the year.”
Meanwhile two heats of the Country Oaks and the Country Derby were conducted at the NWGRC’s Tuesday meeting, with the rich finals to be decided next week.
Exeter based mentor Anthony Bullock took out the first Oaks heat with the diminutive bitch Hard As Nails (Bit Chili – Right Way Gloria) and the second was won by the very smart Kawasaki Rose (El Galo – Magic Dust), prepared at Mangalore by Debbie Cannan.
Illingworth Classic winning chaser Kalaway Ernie (Knocka Norris – Trina Sage), from the Butch Deverell kennel, was successful in the first of the Derby heats and then former interstate trainer Patrick Ryan provided somewhat of a surprise by taking out the second heat with Slash Is King (Gardam Prince – Janado Queen).