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Mick’s Amigo takes out series final

13 / 01 / 2012 Article by: Editor
Painted Amigo holds on to defeat Bell Haven in the O'Driscoll Coaches grade five series final at Tattersall's Park
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BRIGHTON trainer Mick Stringer was a big fan of South Australian owned and trained dog Scull Murphy so when the dog was retired to stud he was keen to breed a litter by him with his former smart bitch Painted Shaza.

The mating was successful and it produced a big litter with an even mix of dogs and bitches.

Painted Amigo is a dog from the litter and he looks set for a bright future.

Painted Amigo scored an all-the-way win in the final of the O’Driscoll Coaches Series for grade five chasers over 461 metres at Tattersall’s Park in Hobart last night.

It was his fourth win from only 11 starts although his time for the journey of 26.42s was a bit south of his best of 26.14 that he set a week earlier in his heat.

Painted Amigo ($5.10) showed good early speed and after a battle with the pack half-way to the top turn he forged clear and had a four-length break turning for home.

He started to feel the pinch close to the line and had only a length to spare on the fast-finishing Bell Haven with Three Tradies making up a lot of ground on the rails to grab third two lengths away, just in advance of his kennel mate Bo Sheen.

Stringer’s other O’Driscoll Coaches series finalist was Ryno Rules that started the equal favourite at $2.70 with runner-up Bell Haven from the Ted Medhurst kennel.

Ryno Rules began only fairly from box one but he booted up to join the leaders at the 4530-mertre boxes but got chopped out and spat out the back which ended his chances.

Bell Haven (Head Bound-It’s A She) has a bright future, evidenced by her three wins from only seven starts.

She was closing on the winner over the final 80 metres and would have won in a few more bounds