DEAD-HEAT: Devon Quest (Shaun Hamer) and Garcon De Mer (Ruth Bradley) hit the line together in the James Boag Premium Maiden at Spreyton yesterday. Picture: BILL HAYES.Longford owner-trainer Peter Luttrell bought the five-year-old after seeing her advertised in the Winning Post newspaper.
“She cost $10,000 by the time we got her to Tasmania and, with a second and a win, she’s now paid for herself,” Luttrell said.
“I bought her with a view to breeding from her later on – she’s been placed on city tracks and is out of a Marscay mare.”
Luttrell said his original intention was to set Shavet for the $80,000 mares’ feature on Launceston Cup day.
“She ran a terrific race first-up in Hobart, but she just wasn’t ready in time for the Queen Of The Turf,” the trainer said.
“I ran her in the Class 1 race instead and, being a Sydney horse, she got on the wrong leg, otherwise she might have won.”
Shavet didn’t encounter any such problems yesterday as she powered home to complete a treble for jockey David Pires.
“She’ll run further than this (1175m),” Luttrell said. “She’s been placed over 1550m at Canterbury and could win over 1600m here.”
Pires was also successful on Concurrent and Lost Range.
¤¤¤ Simon Snell also rode a treble yesterday, ending one of the most frustrating runs of his successful career.
Snell had been winless since scoring on Jayzee at Elwick on January 15.
After breaking the drought on Hennessy Lane, he went on to win on Hot Lass and Gold Mia.
¤¤¤ Trainer Terry Roles often laments “what might have been” with Lost Range, winner of the Patrick (C4) Handicap.
“If he was 100 per cent sound, he would be a real topliner,” Roles said after Lost range outclassed his rivals over 990m.
“But he’s not and I’ve got to work him so carefully. Even then, he often pulls up scratchy.
“He appreciated the give in the track today.”
Lost Range sat just off pacemaker Phyllis May in a helter- skelter affair before taking the lead in the home straight.
Hail The Gang emerged from the pack to momentarily threaten danger, but Lost Range was drawing clear again on the line.
¤¤¤ Concurrent’s long list of second placings has made him much- maligned among punters, but trainer Allan Stubbs is not concerned.
“After he finally won his maiden, his stake earnings were $27,000 – you can’t complain about that,” Stubbs said.
Concurrent added another $6400 to his bank balance yesterday when he overpowered his rivals in the Toll Tasmania (C1) Plate.
Stubbs was full of praise for the gelding’s rider David Pires, who timed his run perfectly and got inside splits.
“He didn’t have an easy ride,” the trainer said. “He was worried about not getting out in time, but he also didn’t want to get to the front too early or the horse might have squibbed it.”
Concurrent is by Ladoni from former top mare Currently and Stubbs likes the breeding on both sides of the family.
“I’ve always liked horses by Ladoni – they can get a bit of ground – and I bought another one at this year’s sale,” the trainer said.
Concurrent is raced by Thoroughbred Racing Council chairman Geoff Harper, who has had a long association with Stubbs.
“These days he only sends me his rejects,” the trainer joked.
“Gary White and Ray Lawson had this horse before I got him.”
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