NORTH-WEST COAST trainer Scott Bryan has been enjoying a good run with his small team at Wynyard and it continued in Hobart last Thursday night when Wynburn Diamond scored an emphatic win in the grade three Derwent Valley Link Stakes over 461 metres.
Wynburn Diamond flew the lids from box four and had a comfortable advantage by the time he hit the top turn and when he straightened for the run home he sped clear and hit the line over four lengths clear of the luckless Shanlyn Hirdy with Innisfree Miss a closing third but almost three lengths away.
Bryan said the win was not unexpected given the form lf the dog going into the race.
“That’s probably the best run she’s put together,” Bryan said.
“She’s won quite a few but none have been in fashionable time but tonight she really put it all together.”
Wynburn Diamond stopped the clock at 26.16sec which was well ahead of her previous best of 26.47.
The bitch has been a great money spinner for Bryan who owns her in partnership with Ben Englund.
She has had 33 starts for 10 wins a 15 minor placings for about $18,000 in stakes.
“In terms of consistency she probably has no equal of the dogs in my kennel.”
“She’s gone through her grades well.”
“She’s grade three in sprint races on all tracks now and grade two in Hobart so we are stepping her up to the middle distances because she she’s pretty much invitation grade over the sprint trips.”
“I had my doubts that she would be able to step up to invitation grade but after this win I am convinced she can go on and match it, for a while et least,” he said.
Wynburn Diamond has performed admirably over the middle distance in Launceston and Devonport.
Three days before his latest win she led in Launceston over 600 metres but was run down by Maddison Dee in the last few strides.
“She was eight lengths in front going down the back but Maddison Dee burst out of the pack and ran her down.”
“It was a bit disappointing given she led by so far but the winner is a fair dog,” he said.
While Bryan will continue to try Wynburn Diamond over the middle distances at Devonport and Launceston he will most likely avoid the 599-metre trip in Hobart.
“The 599-metre in Hobart is the toughest middle distance in the state.”
“You’ve got to be a super strong dog to win over that trip at Tattersall’s Park and I don’t really think she’d run that one out,” he said.
Wynburn is the moniker used in the name of most of the dogs Bryan owns and breeds in partnership with father and son combination Tom and Ben Englund.
“It’s a pretty good set-up because Tom looks after the breeding and rearing; I do the training and Ben puts his hand in and helps out wherever he can,” Bryan said.
Wynburn Diamond will have her next start in an invitation race over 452 metres at Devonport on Tuesday.