Nov 19, 2015
Courtesy of Tasracing.com.au - 19/11/15 - STAR Tasmanian sprinter Hellova Street cemented his reputation as one of Tasmania's all-time best sprinters when he made it back-to-back wins in the $100,000 Newmarket Handicap over 1200 metres at the UBET Racing Centre in Launceston last night.
Hellova Street settled just off the speed but when he was called on for the supreme effort well into the home straight he powered home to defeat rank outsider Erin's Element and favourite Geegees Doublejay who hit the line in sync to dead-heat for second.
Hellova Street was sent out the third favourite at $5.50 while Geegees Doublejay was the popular elect at $2.70 (fixed odds) ahead of Admiral that was backed in from $4.60 to $3.40.
The courageous win prompted Hellova Street's trainer Scott Brunton to forecast a trip interstate for the five-year-old where he will be aimed at a Group sprint.
"This horse is an amazing sprinter and his times tell us he would be up to the good ones in Group races across the water," Brunton said.
"I have always said he has what it takes to warrant a trip away and now maybe I'll be taken seriously."
"We are considering taking this horse to Adelaide for a Goodwood handicap because he is an ideal horse for that race," he said.
Hellova Street was ridden by Victorian Dean Holland who partnered the gelding to victory last year.
"This horse is a serious sprinter and there's no doubt he is up to Saturday grade in Melbourne so I hope Scott decides to send him over," Holland said.
The win took Hellova Street's stake earnings to just over $300,000 derived from nine wins and seven placings from only 17 starts.
The well-backed Admiral cruised up behind the leaders in the home straight but when rider Brendon went for a rails run the gap closed and the star four-year-old had to be checked and ended up in fifth place.
The big run in the race belonged to outsider Erin's Element ($101) that finished at the rate of knots to finish second and her trainer John Blacker immediately signalled his intention to aim her at the Group 3 Bow Mistress for fillies and mares over 1200m in Hobart in February.