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Doubles and Trebles Galore

24 / 04 / 2015 Article by: Damian Kawa
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Some impressive individual performances were recorded across the two meetings last weekend. At Launceston (Friday night) and Hobart (Sunday night), Nathan Ford and Mark Yole registered three winners each. Yole chalked up a treble with Saab Quality, Last Flight In and Black Ops while Ford’s success was confined to Hobart with No Spring Secrets, Supersub and Highview Christina.

No Spring Secrets is trained at Oatlands by Steve Lukac and Ford left nothing to chance with the $1.20 fav in the Ranvet Pace. He circled the field early, found the lead, and then proceeded to stamp his authority with a 27.6 closing quarter winning by 10 metres from Dancing Da Vinci (Christian Salter) and Me Mate Nick (Ricky Duggan). Ford trained his next two winners, Supersub and Highview Christina. His cousin Taylor Ford used her concession claim on Supersub ($1.40 fav) and that combination never looked in trouble leading throughout to win by seven metres from Gosh Heza Rebel (James Austin) and Bravo Charlie (Wayne Watson) in a fast mile rate of 1:59.4 for 2090 metres.

It was a similar outcome for Nathan when he drove Highview Christina. The 4YO ex New Zealand mare left safely from the middle of the front line before rolling to the lead in the back straight about 1600 metres from the finish. A 27.8 last quarter was too quick for her opposition defeating Bona Fide Hustler (Nick Brockman) by four metres with smiling Force (Dylan Ford) third.

The doubles commenced at Launceston with Mark Butler (Saab Quality and Western Karamea) and Todd Rattray. Rattray’s first, Goggo Gee Gee, was a family affair. The 2YO gelding (Bettors Delight – Ashkalini) was bred by the Rattray Family Trust, is owned by Adam Rattray, trained by Barrie Rattray and driven by Todd Rattray. Goggo Gee Gee settled behind the early leader, Twentythreered, before Rattray eased three wide on the home corner and held off the fast finishing Soho Shanghai in the run to the line.

Rattray rounded out his double behind the Geoff Smith trained Buckingham Boy. The 7YO gelding looked to have lost his winning chance at the 400 metre mark, after being carted back through the field by the tiring Deejay Bromac, but he made up about 30 metres to overhaul Rainbow Phoenix (Keith Toulmin) and Abstraction (Nathan Ford).

Juanita McKenzie (trainer) and Rick Duggan (driver) never looked in trouble on their way to a double with Queens Advocate ($1.00 fav) and Something Eyre ($1.40 fav). Both are ex New Zealanders who look capable of many more Tasmanian wins. Queens Advocate has won four of her five Tasmanian starts and her front running win on Sunday night was very impressive. The 5YO mare carved out a slick mile rate of 1:59.4 for 2090 metres.

Something Eyre also recorded a career best mile rate of 1:59.7 for 2090 metres leading throughout to win the Hygain Pace (C5/C6). The 4YO entire has won eight races and placed four times from 15 Tasmanian starts and with C5/C9 and C6/C10 races programmed in Tasmania over the next three months, Something Eyre can win four or five more races before progressing to open company.