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Slamma tunes up for Thousand tilt

05 / 12 / 2014 Article by: Peter Staples
Senor Slamma easily accounts for Good Question and That Was Then in invitation Hobart icon Click to enlarge

SENOR SLAMMA confirmed his status as one of the most talented sprinters in Tasmania when he scored a convincing win in the Barry Heawood Invitation over 461 metres at Tattersall’s Park in Hobart last night (Thursday).

The Gary Johnson-trained dog embarked on a winning spree in mid-August with this latest victory his 10th from his last 11 starts.

A second to Pipstar at Devonport five starts back is the only blimp on his record in just over three months of racing.

Senor Slamma (El Grand Senor-Tequila Mall) showed his normal early speed from box six but he was unable to find the fence with That Was Then (2) able to hold him out and the Rod Ransley-trained Good Question (8) was close-up at the top turn.

But when the Senor Slamma slipped into overdrive he forged clear and went on to score by just over three lengths from Good Question with That Was Then a game third 1-1/2 lengths away.

Senor Slamma stopped the clock at 26.10 on a track that has not been conducive to slick times of late.

Senor Slamma has won 19 from 44 starts with 17 of his wins coming in Tasmania.

The quickest time of the night belonged to Wynburn Wizard (7) that led throughout ton win a grade four in a time of 25.95.

It was Wynburn Wizard’s second run back from an injury-enforced spell of six months.

The Scott Bryan-trained dog has proven himself interstate winning a heat and final of The Launching Pad that netted connections $40,000 for wining the final.

Wynburn Wizard (Collide-Hayley’s Girl) resumed from injury with a fifth in Hobart last Thursday week but with that run under his belt and the services of box one he zoomed back to near his best with an emphatic win.

He powered home to defeat his litter sister Wynburn Loco by over six lengths with Gemstone Back doing his best work at the business end of proceedings to run third 1-1/2 lengths astern.

Senor Slamma and Wynburn Wizard will take their places in heats of the Group 1 Hobart Thousand next week and should they both run up to their present form they should be genuine chances to sneak through to the final the following week.