TALENTED reinswoman Erin Hollaway created history last year when she became the first female driver to win a $30,000 Bullock Consulting Devonport Cup so it should have come as no surprise that she repeated the feat last night (Sunday).
Last year Hollaway led all the way on Atom Bomb Belle for trainer Grant Hodges and last night she repeated the dose aboard Sky Tower.
It was again a cagey front-running driver, quickening and slowing the pace to suit and when she called on the well-bred five-year-old gelding for the supreme effort over the concluding stages he dug deep to win by a head over Jumpin Jack Jasper ($23) with $30 outsider Dance Of The Deity a closing third.
Hodges was thrilled with the win and described Sky Tower as a faultless pacer.
“The horse has progressed really well and he has been very competitive against this class this time in,” Hodges said.
“He has beautiful manners in both mobile and standing starts and he’s never done anything wrong in a race in his life,” he said.
It was a fitting result for Sky Tower that was purchased by Hodges as a yearling in Victoria for $10,000.
While those who backed Sky Tower were rewarded with a win dividend of $16 there was a hard-luck story in the race and it came from the runner-up Jumpin Jack Jasper.
The Adrian Duggan-trained and driver gelding was held up at a crucial stage and when he saw daylight he sprinted quickly but just missed.
Duggan has come close to winning the race in the past with Defibrillator that was beaten in a photo-finish in 1999 and again two years later.
Shez Ryleymak was buried back in the field and when driver Rohan Hillier was able to eventually get her into the clear she rattled home and would most likely have won the race had she enjoyed an ounce of luck in the run.