The champ Damek ( Big Daddy Cool – World’s Finest) kept his Devonport Raceway record intact on Tuesday afternoon by blitzing his opposition with another display of power galloping in the Hankook Tyres Invitation (452 metres).
Drawn in the pink box, it didn’t take the Peter Phillips owned and prepared chaser long to assume his customary role in the premier position and at the wire he had 8.75 lengths to spare in the time of 25.24, as opposed to his venue pb of 25.23.
The Gary Johnson prepared Mushy Peas (Shiokaze – Bouncy Bertha) was once again gallant in defeat by holding on for second placing and in doing so he recorded his 29th placing in a racing career spanning 66 starts that has seen him greet the judge on 19 occasions while taking stakes of in excess of $39,000.
Damek has now raced at the Devonport Raceway on ten occasions for ten wins and he will attempt to further enhance that record next Tuesday afternoon when he contests the Dowling McCarthy Tyres Invitation (452 metres), once again from the outside box.
“In his present form it is hard to see Damek being beaten next Tuesday, it is over a year that he recorded his best time at the venue and he is obviously going as well as ever,” Racing Operations Officer Peter Hayes declared on Thursday.
Meanwhile a box malfunction meant that Heat 1 of the Boags Winter Stake (720 metres) conducted at the Tote Racing Centre on Monday night had to be abandoned.
Heat 2 was taken out by the Jill Stamford prepared Capetown Gem (Bond – Capetown Star), which defeated Adam’s Sweetie and Bashy’s Boy in the time of 43.18.
The first four runners in that heat were naturally included in the field for the rich Boags Winter Stake Final to be conducted next Monday night at the venue, with the remaining four runners drawn from a hat.
No doubt Brighton trainer Susan Gittus breathed a sigh of relief when her bitch Ming Dynasty (Chinatown Lad – Brandon Sky), was one of those selected.
The Paul Felgate owned bitch has drawn the pink box in the Final and will be shooting for five wins in succession since having her first run over 720 metres on June 20.
Meanwhile the LGRC will also play host to three divisions of the time honoured J G Nelson Cup Final (515 metres) on Monday night’s programme.
Whitemore trainer Leigh Wood has qualified both Thirteen Black (Bond – Smart And Sassy) and Dang Shen (Slater – Oxley Apache) for the Division 1 Final and is expected to play a big part in proceedings, however the Ted Medhurst prepared Tadmore Dunoon (Collision – Baretta Betty) appears likely to favoured in betting.
Division 2 of the event has also attracted an excellent field, with the well performed Awesome Naz (Collision – Brami’s First) from the Butch Deverell kennel, the likely favourite.
The winner of his last two starts in impressive fashion and boasting a lifetime record of three wins and four placings from eight starts, the chaser has not been favoured by the draw but will give a great sight.
Moorleah trainer Russell Watts has qualified litter-mates Sheldon Cooper (Where’s Pedro – Sum Chance) and Sour Pop for the Division 3 Final and they are challenging for favouritism in early markets.
Sour Pop is probably the better performed of the pair and has a good winning chance, however the David Crosswell prepared Hollyheath (Mandagery Man – Mohar) has drawn the red and will provide stiff opposition.