After running a stunning 29.21 seconds in his heat run, Tomac Bale was sent to the boxes a $1.70 favourite and the punters who took the short odds weren’t disappointed. Beginning flawlessly from box 8, Tomac Bale ran the first split in a low-flying 4.96 seconds to cross Powerhouse and lead through the first turn.
From there he was never headed. Powerhouse was gallant in defeat, chasing hard to finish just 2.75 behind the winner, while Archie Gumballs hung on for third a further 6.25 lengths adrift.
Trained by Mark and Lisa Delbridge in Balliang, Tomac Bale scored his fourth win from just five career starts, taking his prize money to an impressive $52,250. The beautifully bred son of Dyna Lachlan and Princess Bale provided leviathan owner/breeder Paul Wheeler’s his first win in the race, and added yet another Group race winner to a remarkable dam-line.
It also enhanced sire Dyna Lachlan’s billing as one of the best young sires on the stud scene, Tomac Bale becoming his second Group race winner after Gunda Bale claimed the Group 2 Macro Meats Laurels in December.
The night was an outstanding success for the club, featuring its annual Easter Fun Kids Night. As well as the chance to become an ‘Owner For The Day,’ ‘Beat The Bunny,’ and find Easter Eggs in a monster Easter Egg hunt, kids had the chance to meet one of the fastest men in the world – Asafa Powell.
Group 2 Launching Pad – Honour Roll
2003 Bounty Lass Des Carlson 29.80
2004 Legends Kel Greenough 29.80
2005 Traction Control Rob Crawford 29.80
2006 Path To Power Darren McDonald 29.69
2007 Boris Reigns Jennifer Gieschen 29.80
2008 Teaman Titch David Burnett 29.90
2009 Shiver Inside Tina Womann 29.80
2010 Arsonist Heather Collins 29.88
2011 Easy Peasy Darren McDonald 29.70
2012 Five Paws Norm Rinaldi 29.69
2013 Tomac Bale Mark Delbridge 29.23