THURSDAY: October 25, 2018: TRAINERS Scott Singleton, Garry White and Team Vigouroux each clinched their fifth winner of the season to post a treble for the “home team” at Hawkesbury today.
The treble boosted to 17 the number of winners prepared so far this month by Hawkesbury trainers – and 44 overall since the new season began on August 1.
Singleton produced a first-class training performance to bring a change of fortune for promising mare Stock Up ($3.70), who broke through in the Coca-Cola Amatil Maiden Handicap (1300m).
Given a perfect ride by Christian Reith, the Tavistock four-year-old defied a betting drift to defeat another Hawkesbury runner, Ethne Potowski’s Happy Hustler ($5.50).
Whilst the runner-up finished with determination, Reith was kind to Stock Up in the closing stages.
Nonetheless, there was also merit in Happy Hustler’s performance as he lost his near fore plate in the parade, had to be reshod at the barrier and then underwent a veterinary examination before being cleared to start.
Singleton was unable to trial Stock Up – she was balloted out twice in Sydney and then Hawkesbury trials were called off after rain on October 15 – but was confident he had her ready to win on resumption.
“She has come back a stronger mare and didn’t appreciate the firm tracks when last in work,” he said.
“She kept jarring up all the time.
“It looks like she wants a bit further. I didn’t push her over more ground last season because she raced a bit keenly.
“Our aim now is to keep finding easy races and keep her winning.”
Whilst Singleton was confident Stock Up could break through, he also gave his other runner Lexi’s Choice ($11) a terrific first-up chance in the Forever Gleam Provincial & Country Maiden Plate (1300m), ensuring she and Stock Up ran in separate races.
He very nearly brought off a double when Lexi’s Choice kicked clear in the straight and was overhauled by $3.10 favorite Wild Kingdom in the shadows of the post.
Garry White was prepared to overlook Dunatun’s first-up defeat at Warwick Farm earlier in the month and was proven correct when the gelding humped 61kg and surprised his rivals in the BSG Benchmark 64 Handicap (1100m).
Tye Angland wound Dunatun ($12) up wider on the track in the straight and he was dominant in the closing stages, pulling clear to easily beat Wyong pair Johnny Roo Boy ($13) and Jexerlent ($17).
“You had to forget the Warwick Farm race on the ‘Heavy 10’; a lot of horses didn’t handle it that day,” White said.
“I was quietly confident today back to provincial class at home in spite of his 61kg.
“If he is ridden the right way, his last furlong (200m) is always his best.”
Dunatun has now won four races from 19 starts, but ironically hasn’t managed a placing.
Husband and wife training partnership Philippe and Tara Vigouroux’s team could hardly be going any better!
Lettre D’Amour’s victory at $15 in the Richmond Club Group F&M Class 1 Handicap (1400m) was the couple’s third winner this month.
Azcannyaz scored at Nowra on October 2 and We Could Be Heroes also won there last Sunday.
“We’ve taken our time with Lettre D’Amour, and Jeff Penza gave her a great ride,” Philippe Vigouroux said.
“We’re busy with 18 horses in work and things are going well.”
Lettre D’Amour broke through in a Kembla Grange Maiden (1300m) on July 26 (when also ridden by Penza and an $11 chance) and had raced consistently at three subsequent starts.
The Foreplay four-year-old showed great tenacity to fight back after being headed and edge out another $15 chance Beauty Kanas in a tight finish.
As well as Hawkesbury’s three winners, Noel Mayfield-Smith had seconds with roughie Polhampton ($26) and $3.60 favorite On Angels Wings, Wade Slinkard finished third twice with Banjo’s Voice ($4.80) and Our Anniversaire ($19) and another husband and wife training partnership Mitchell and Desiree Kearney also finished third with ex-Victorian Down Stage ($15).