Penguin trainer Butch Deverell prepared his third Minister’s Gift Final (452 metres) winner at the Devonport Raceway on Tuesday afternoon when Awesome Naz (Collision – Brami’s First), railed inside Penny’s Angel ( Collide – Ricky’s Angel) within the shadows of the post to score a resounding victory in the time of 25.86.
“The Minister’s Gift has been a great race for me – I won it with Ella Lucy last year and two years ago with Big Moose,” he explained after the race.
“It is a big thrill for me, particularly as I have had the race in mind for a couple of months now – that makes it all the better.”
Raced by Hobart owner Paul Donaldson, Awesome Naz had problems early when prepared at Latrobe by Michael Sherriff, prompting that trainer to transfer him to Deverell.
The master trainer went to work on the wayward chaser and remedied the situation to the extent that he can now boast the enviable record of eight wins from 18 starts and stakes of in excess of $21,000.
Penny’s Angel was gallant in defeat, the Terry Penny prepared chaser flew the lids and led them a merry dance, only to be collared where it counted most.
The trainer has enjoyed a great run of success with Penny’s Angel in recent months, the chaser having won five races and been placed eight times in 13 trips to the races.
The unlucky Minister’s Gift series runner would no doubt be the Rod Bragg prepared Left Seattle ( Big Daddy Cool – Sports Miss), which was balloted from the rich final, but atoned one race later by winning the Betfair.com Grade 3 event in brilliant fashion.
The chaser began quickly from a wide box and put paid to the opposition in mid-race, eventually winning by five lengths in the best of the meeting time of 25.79.
Formerly from New South Wales, Bragg relocated to the Midlands town of Tunbridge several years ago and has now won seven of 16 outings with Left Seattle and stakes of in excess of $10,000.
“I bred Left Seattle and Ted Medhurst prepared him for me early in his career, but once I obtained my licence I took him home to Tunbridge and can predict quite a good future for him,” he explained after the race.
Meanwhile the brilliant Damek (Big Daddy Cool – World’s Finest) continued on his winning way at the Tote Racing Centre on Monday night by winning the Scott Bryan Plastering Invitation (515 metres) in a breeze.
The Peter Phillips prepared chaser blitzed his rivals by a conservative eight lengths in the time of 30.06 and has now won 41 of 51 lifetime outings while accumulating a purse of better than $93,000, it having been earned solely on Tasmanian tracks.
Another trainer who appears to have unearthed a smart chaser in recent times is Burnie mentor Wayne Maine, who won the final event on the Tote Racing Centre card with Irinka Jarryd ( Irinka Dennis – Sussudio).
Raced by Helen Pringle of Zeehan, a mining town situated on the West Coast, the chaser has won four of his five Tasmanian starts and appeals as one that will achieve Invitation status in the near future.