Success From Winton Workouts
Last week’s Winton Workouts proved to be a good guide to nailing the first two maiden pacing winners at today’s Winton Harness Racing Club meeting at the Central Southland course.
The royally bred first starter Tact Eze got the ball rolling for junior driver Ellie Barron while surprising Winton trainer Trevor Proctor.
“It did really, fresh up and she’s still green. She’s had two workouts running 3-08 and 3-10 and I thought she’d be a wee bit short. But it’s her home track and there were only ten nomination so I gave her a run” he said.
The four year old Art Major mare had been given a good number of workouts prior to today’s debut.
“She had a few (workouts) over a period and Brent (regular driver Brent Barclay) said she didn’t improve in any of them. Brent went up to Addington to drive for Brett Gray and that’s when Ellie got on her. I changed her diet, worked her on the grass a bit and she turned a corner.”
Today from barrier four Tact Eze lacked early speed.
“Ellie struggled to get her up to the mobile. It’s the same at workouts as well.”
She settled three wide before getting to the parked positon beside favourite American Eryetime which lead out from Gate Seven. When Forklore made a sharp move around the field at the 800 Barron was able to move down on the running line.
At the top of the straight it was down to three horses and Tact Eze came up the Alabar passing lane to beat Yoha by a nose with a half a head back to American Eyretime. The next runner home was eleven lengths away.
Tact Eze (4) getting up on the inside – Photo Bruce Stewart
Tact Eze is out of the Christian Cullen mare Tact Lizzie which won ten races including the 2010 New Zealand Breeders Stakes at Addington.
As a broodmare she’s kept the ‘Tact’ breed in the spotlight, leaving Tact Tate which won the $100,000 Group One Nestle Four Year Old Bonanza and Group One Bohemia Crystal in Australia. He’s since headed to America where he’s also won.
Tact Lizzie’s other winners have been Tact Rousey and Tact Maggie.
Tact Rousey won only once here, but has proved to be a bit of a revelation in Australia, winning four of her five starts and pacing a mile in 1-53.2.
Tact Maggie won five races here and has won three of her five starts in Australia.
Meanwhile Lite Percussion, which had beaten Tact Eze at the Winton Workouts last Thursday proved class is permanent when he won after having been away from the racetrack for nearly two years.
“He’s had a tendon injury. He went some really nice races before he injured himself so he was worth another go,” said co-trainer Kirstin Barclay.
At his last start prior to injury he was good enough to run third in the November 2017 Nuggets Final at Riverton behind Franco Santino and Lawrence.
Today he beat Delight N Gold by half a length. It was the Gotta Go Cullen gelding’s eleventh start.
Lite Percussion and Kirstin Barclay winning his first race – Photo Bruce Stewart
Back to the birdcage – Photo Bruce Stewart
The Geoff and Jude Knight trained gelding Deus Ex improved on his debut run for third when he too cleared maiden ranks, beating Hands Up Jack by a nose with Terror The Christian a neck back in third place.
Deus Ex (3) winning for Matty Williamson – Photo Bruce Stewart
Returning to the birdcage win number 799 for Matty – Photo Bruce Stewart