Mangalore trainer Debbie Cannan achieved one of the best wins of her career when outstanding chaser St. Pierre led from the outset to score a resounding victory in the $25,000 Dowling McCarthy Hankook Tyres 2011 Devonport Cup conducted on Tuesday afternoon.
Sent out at odds of $4.40, the son of Surf Lorian flew the lids from the blue box and proceeded to give his rivals a galloping lesson, eventually scoring by two and a quarter lengths in the time of 25.55.
Owned in New South Wales by Chris Nutt, St. Pierre has now won nine of 20 Tasmanian starts while accumulating a purse of in excess of $38,000.
One of the offspring of the unraced Bright Ebony bitch Paris St. Germain, St. Pierre won three races in New South Wales before being transferred to Tasmania, where he has proven to be a revelation.
When accepting the trophy on behalf of the owner, Debbie Cannan made special mention of ace trainer Ted Medhurst, giving him credit for encouraging her to take out a trainers licence and learning her the ropes.
Victorian chaser Banger Harvey was responsible for a game effort in running second to St. Pierre and $2.10 race favourite It’s A Fencer was slow to begin, but then ran home strongly to take third stake a further two and a quarter lengths away.
Dowling and McCarthy Tyres principal Warren McCarthy earned the plaudits of the large crowd in attendance when he announced at the presentation ceremony that his company would once again be providing sponsorship for the 2012 Devonport Cup.
It will be the tenth time that Dowling and McCarthy, tyres in conjunction with Hankook, have been involved with the NWGRC and Chairman Gary Sutton was obviously delighted that they have agreed to continue.
Debbie Cannan was also seen in the winners circle later in the programme when Nine Darter took out the Hankook Tyres Grade 5 event at odds of $3.40.
By Where’s Pedro from Paris St. Germain, the chaser is owned in the same interests as St. Pierre and has now won four of his last five starts and five of 11 Tasmanian starts, since being transferred from New South Wales in September.
Meanwhile widely travelled chaser Sandhog railed home strongly to take out the $2,500 Angus Evans Memorial conducted earlier in Tuesday’s programme.
Named in honour of one of Tasmania’s finest trainers, best known for his association with the champion Devonport track record holder Lilli Pilli Lad, the race attracted a field of outstanding chasers and provided a wonderful spectacle.
Prepared by Geoff Mitchell and owned at Flowery Gully by former South Australian Mick Louth, Sandhog grabbed tearaway leader Regent Typhoon in the shadows of the post to score in the time of 25.76 at odds of $3.00.
By Collide from the Awesome Assassin bitch Mohar, Sandhog has now won 23 of 84 lifetime starts while accumulating a purse of in excess of $73,000.