When presenting the trophy for the rich event to veteran Bracknell owner-trainer Maurie Strickland, Sutton said “I believe that Rewind deserves to be called a champion after today’s effort.”
Few would disagree – the son of Collide was at his brilliant best on the day and recorded a sizzling 25.31 in defeating Victorian chaser Classic Maldini and Portrait Ignites as a well supported $1.70 commodity.
It was the fastest ever Devonport Cup and Rewind’s Devonport Raceway record now stands at nine wins from 11 outings at the venue.
Overall the chaser has won 29 of 45 lifetime starts while accumulating a purse of in excess of $100,000.
With 56 years of training behind him, a modest Strickland believes that the great Lill Pilli Lad’s track standard of 25.13 established in 2000, is within reach of his chaser.
“I’ve always believed that given the right conditions and no wind, that Rewind could break the track record here,” he explained.
“It’s an unreal feeling to win the Devonport Cup – It’s enough to make you feel well if you were crook.”
“This time last week I was battling the flu but I feel great today.”
The chaser will now be set for the Launceston Cup (515 metres), however Strickland is not as confident of winning the event as he was of winning at Devonport.
“The distance won’t worry him but he just doesn’t seem to handle the Tote Racing Centre track as well,” he explained.
Meanwhile Rewind’s litter brother and sister, Clyde’s Angel and Penny’s Angel, quinellaed the $3,680 Angus Evans Memorial Cup Consolation (452 metres).
Named in honour of one of Tasmania’s best ever trainers, who prepared many champions including the previously mentioned Lilli Pilli Lad, the event is one that invariably attracts plenty of attention.
Clyde’s Angel lead throughout from the red box, eventually defeating Penny’s Angel by four lengths in the time of 25.41, paying a dividend of $1.60.
Both chasers are owned and prepared by Rowella’s Terry Penny, who bred the litter and sold Rewind to Maurie Strickland sight unseen.
“I’m very happy with the result – it makes up for not getting them into the Devonport Cup,” Penny explained.
“Clyde’s Angel is the stronger of the two, so I thought that she would win, but for Penny’s Angel to run second makes it very special.”
“They are from a wonderful litter – probably one of the best Tasmania has seen for a while.”