Feature Double for Todd and Close

Feature Double for Todd and Close

Bruce Stewart

12th March 2022.

Woodend Beach trainer Regan Todd and stable driver Robbie Close achieved a back to back double at the Northern Southland Trotting Club meeting at Ascot Park today.

The Canterbury combination won with three year old Street Hawk, and again a race later they took out the Group Three Caduceus Club of Southland/Alabar Fillies Classic with locally owned Treacherous Gall.

Street Hawk’s run last weekend at the Riverton meeting at Winton was full of merit. He charged home for third in a race won by the talented Sand Wave.

Street Hawk warming up for Robbie Close

Prior to today’s race Close gave the Bettor’s Delight gelding a good strong warm up.

“Sprinting out of the gate was going to be the winning or losing of the race. He was a lot stronger out of the gate today. Every time he’s run from behind the mobile he’s got better and better,” Close said.

Street Hawk trailed leader Cantfindabettorman. As Cantfindabettorman began to struggle just before the home straight Close hooked Street Hawk off the inside running line and once he peeled off Mossdale Ben’s back he let down nicely. When Close released the ear plug Street Hawk showed a great turn of foot, winning by a length and three quarters from Mossdale Ben, with Mossdale Terry running third.

“It worked out perfectly and he got a perfect run. He’s always had the ability, but his gait and immaturity have let him down early on.”

Street Hawk getting a nice trail behind Cantfindabettorman with a lap to run

At the finish

Back to the birdcage

Winning rug on display

Street Hawk was purchased at the Auckland Sales in 2020 for $45,000 by Todd and he’s owned by Graham Beirne from Small Car World Limited, Glenys and Phil Kennard, and Graeme Hand.

Today’s win was his second, and he’s now qualified for the $50,000 Group Two Alabar Southern Supremacy Stakes on Diamonds Day on Saturday 30th April.

A race later, Treacherous Gall won her second race in as many starts when she took out the two year old fillies feature.

Treacherous Gall warming up

“She’s thrived in the week she’s been down here. She just felt a lot more relaxed out there today. She was just flopping around and off the bit which is good at this stage and the trip away has done her the world of good,” Close said.

At Winton last week Close took the Captaintreacherous filly straight to the lead but in today’s $30,000 feature she settled well off the early pace before slotting into the one one. Just before flattening out for the run home Close hooked the two year old filly out to the middle of the track and she came home with a good turn of foot to beat favourite Micaitlen Denario by a length and three quarters.

“It was good to get a sit and show everyone how much petrol she’s got. She’s easy going and a nice pacer and as long as she stays healthy she’s in for a good season.”

Full noise at the finish

Back to the birdcage

Treacherous Gall is owned by Cleland Murdoch and her breeder Dave Kennedy. Kennedy has a good record in this feature, having bred the 2004 winner Absolutely Brilliant as well as Beaudiene Bad Babe in 2008.