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Hodgetts’ reserve delivers knockout blow

07 / 04 / 2011 Article by: Editor
Millions Lomar (10) scores at big odds at Tattersall's Park
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ROSEVALE trainer Wanda Hodgetts is no stranger to producing long-shot winners but most punters were left lamenting Millions Lomar’s freakish victory in Hobart last week.

The dog began slowly from box one and had only one behind him nearing the home turn.

But when the leaders bunched and stumbled causing a chain reaction back through the field Millions Lomar hugged the rail and scooted clear at the top of the straight and went on to score by almost eight-lengths from Western Ruby with the long odds-on favourite Sapphire Betty ($1.20) over a length astern in what was the second leg of the quadrella.

But had there not been severe interference nearing the top turn and again turning for home it is doubtful the son of Pure Octane would have saluted.

Millions Lomar had finished no closer than fourth form his past six starts and went into the race with the modest record of two wins from 50 starts which is why he was named the second reserve.