A Change of Tact

A Change of Tact

Bruce Stewart

22nd August 2020

Winton mare Tact Maggie has returned home from Australia after racing there for a couple of seasons.

The Lis Mara mare trained by Trevor Proctor debuted at Wyndham as a four year old in February 2018 running second to Duke Of Wellington. She went on to win races at Wairio, Invercargill and Addington (3). Her best win was the South of the Waitaki in November 2018, after which she went to Australia where she won seven races for former Kiwi trainer Tim Butt taking out a lifetime winning mile time of 1-51.3.

She last raced at Menangle on 11th July and has been back in Southland for four weeks.

“She come back for breeding this season. Tim said she’s had a good grounding and recommended we give her a couple of starts and then send her to stud in November,” Proctor said.

Tact Maggie won at yesterday’s Winton Workouts beating Major Watson and Pembrook Playboy.

“She’s had one run at home with a pacemaker sitting in behind. It was over two miles and she travelled comfortably. Her heart rate was in the low seventies so it encouraged me to bring her here.”

Tact Maggie and Brent Barclay winning at the Winton Workouts yesterday.

Meanwhile Proctor and partner Diane Dynes have sold promising pacer Tact Fergie to a client in the Butt barn.

The four year old by Art Major out of Tact Hayley won on debut at Invercargill on 23rd July.

“He arrived in Australia last Monday. They always want the good ones. There’s no money in racing them here.”

Tact Fergie winning his qualifying heat

Meanwhile unqualified pacer Zaccy Mac won his workout heat impressively by three and a half lengths. Owned by Lindsay and Ian Thomson the Net Ten EOM four year old is a half – brother to their good winner Lawrence.

Zaccy Mac winning for Alister Black yesterday.

The Hustler, trained by Katrina and John Price also won a Learners Heat beating Tommy Waterhouse by a neck.

The Hustler getting up on the inside.

Paddy Finn now trained by junior driver Jamie Campbell who just recently received his training licence, won his heat, hanging on to beat Glenledi Captain by half a head. Paddy Finn qualified in a smart time last year but hasn’t shown any race day form in two starts.

Paddy Finn hanging on in the middle to beat Glenledi Captain

Braeview Kelly continued her preparation for Sires Stakes races when she won the R40-R50 Mobile Heat beating The Night Watchman by a length, running the last 800 metres in 56.2.

Three year old filly Braeview Kelly winning easily at Winton yesterday.

From three starts last season as a two year old Braeview Kelly won once and was placed second twice.