|Boom Perth galloper Hardrada has been beaten out of a place in this
afternoons listed $75,000 Mittys Talindert Stakes (1100m) at Flemington.
In what turned out a rotten result for punters the debut performer
Took a Chance, a 50/1 pop on course, caused a boilover in its half length win.
Last early on the outside of the straight, Andrew Findlay
was able to guide the filly between runners before bursting to the front in the shadows of
Part owned by Dennis Marks, whos top performers have
included Lets Elope, Richfield Lady and Ustinov, Took a Chance could be a surprise
Blue Diamond Stakes runner after todays win.
It was a delayed debut for Took a Chance, a filly who was
due to have her first start at Moonee Valley just over a week ago.
"She had been placed in the barriers when a horse next
to her went off," her jubilant trainer Nigel Blackiston reflected.
"After that happening
she (Took a Chance) reared up and she was a late scratching," Blackiston added.
Blackiston said that Took a Chance, a daughter of
Unbridleds Song, is a "more than maybe" chance of contesting the Group One
Blue Diamond Stakes, a million dollar race at Caulfield on February 23.
Winning jockey Andrew Findlay told connections while
unsaddling that the winning filly would be "very entertaining" over the longer
distances in future.
"Shell be much better suited up over a
mile," Findlay said.
"We were a bit tardy away. But then she was always
ready to go, I just had to press the button," Findlay added.
Our Webster a member of the powerful Lee Freedman stable
raced well first up since October to finish a close second, while Nightbird did a good job
finishing third a further head back.
Hardrada ($2.60 fav) never looked overly comfortable in the
dead conditions back on the inside of the track, but still looked as though he was going
to score before paddling over the final 200 metres of the 1100 metre dash.
The fifth placegetter (Hardrada) will probably skip the
Blue Diamond Stakes and focus on some of the feature events over more ground.
"The jockey got off of him today and said he would be
better suited in a race like the Sires (Produce) or the Gibson Carmichael," his
Perth trainer Lou Luciani said.
Kembla Grange based trainer Bede Murray was pleased with
the effort of his previously unbeaten Celtic Swing youngster Recruiting. The Damien Oliver
mount was thereabouts over the concluding stages and boxed home to finish fourth, a touch
less than a length from the winner.
Prosperous Bid, one of two runners for Tony McEvoy, was a
late scratching after dumping Kerrin McEvoy on the way to the barriers and galloping down
to the barriers.
"Talindert" near Camperdown in Western
Victoria, was the property of former VRC Chairman Sir Chester Manifold. It was the
birthplace of the great steeplechaser Crisp, which ran second to the legendary Red Rum in
the 1973 Grand National Steeplechase at Aintree.
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