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Western Hero named Tasmania’s top 2YO for 2011-12

19 / 08 / 2012 Article by: Editor
Western Hero (Shuji Amano) winning the first 2YO race of last season icon Click to enlarge

TALENTED two-year-old Western Hero took his owners on the ride of a lifetime last season winning five of his nine starts for over $120,000 in stakes.

His efforts earned him the title of Tasmanian 2YO of the Year and the award was presented to his owners, Horse Racing Tragics Syndicate 2, at the Thoroughbred Awards Night at Tattersall’s Park in Hobart last Friday night.

The Terry Evans-trained gelded son of West Quest won four feature races including the Alexandria Plate before having his colours lowered by Kenjorwood in the Alfa Bowl in Launceston.

After a 10-week break he returned to be placed in the $100,000 Listed Elwick Stakes behind Victorian Bush Aviator and he followed up with a second to Tiger’s Cup in the Magic Millions Classic at the same venue.

Western Hero closed with three wins in succession, ending his campaign with an emphatic victory in the $50,000 Sires Produce Stakes in which he scored by almost five lengths from the highly promising Keep The Cash.

Western Hero was purchased at the Tasmanian Magic Millions Yearling Sale for $11,000 by The Horse Racing Tragics Two Syndicate that is managed by Adam Upton.

The gelding’s feats last season are likely to earn him the title of Tasmanian 2YO of the Year.