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Devonport Thoroughbreds Wrap Up

22 / 05 / 2012 Article by: Editor


SARAH Zschoke took twice as long to strike success as a trainer as she did as a jockey _ but it was still very quick.

During a brief stint as an apprentice more than a decade ago, Zschoke rode a winner at her first ride.

It took her two starts to get a win as a trainer.

Zschoke had her first runner at Devonport two weeks ago when she finished third with former Sydney filly Alotta Gooditdidme.

At the same track on Sunday, Alotta Gooditdidme rallied strongly _ after looking beaten halfway up the straight _ to win the Shaw Contracting Maiden.

Zschoke admitted it took “a lot of screaming” on her behalf to urge her horse to a half-length victory over Masterofthemanor and Saumur.

To add to the occasion, she also owns the Strada filly.

“I saw her advertised on a web site and thought she’d make a nice horse for here,” Zschoke said.

“She’d had only three starts and finished midfield a couple ot times at Kembla Grange.”

Alotta Gooditdidme is the only horse Zschoke has in work, although she has a two-year-old not far off returning from the spelling paddock.

As well as training, she rides trackwork for trainers Barry Campbell and Mark Ganderton.

Zschoke was apprenticed to the late Allan Stubbs and rode for about 12 months.

“I had my first ride on his good mare Aristocrat Lady (in April 2000) and she won here at Spreyton,” the trainer recalled.

Alotta Gooditdidme was part of another big haul for Brendon McCoull, who rode four winners yesterday to go with his five at Mowbray last week.


OWNER Chris Wickham would love to have a runner in his home-town Devonport Cup and thinks he may have found the right horse.

Black N Tough made it two wins from two starts with another impressive performance in the Jager Weanling Sale (C1) Handicap.

“She’s a nice filly and I think she will eventually get to the Devonport Cup distance (1800 metres),” Wickham said.

“She’s a half-sister to Mr Buttkicka, who was a pretty good stayer.

“The good thing about her is that not only does she have heaps of speed but she finishes off really well.”

Trainer Leon Wells said that there was a lot of merit in Black N Tough’s latest win as she “had to sit wide to stay out of trouble”.

“I told Brendon (McCoull) to ride her like the best horse in the race and not risk getting held up,” Wells said.


STOWPORT trainer Kelvin Hamilton expects Super Broadband to live up to his good breeding, given time.

The Bel Esprit gelding took the first step with a fast-finishing win in the Advocate 3YO Maiden.

It was only his third start for Hamilton, after beginning his career with Victorian trainer Leon Corstens.

“I gave him a couple of starts, or tried to, late last year but he was still very immature,” the trainer said.

“The second time I took him to the races he blew up in the barriers and was a late scratching.

“I didn’t think he was coping with it so I turned him out.

“I think he will get 1600m as he matures because he does relax nicely in the run.”

Super Broadband is raced by his breeders Vu Tu and Amanda Lockett-Tu.

Courtesy of The Examiner