Oct 18, 2015
Courtesy of Tasracing.com.au - 18/10/15 - STAR Tasmanian sprinter Hellova Street proved he is on track to make it successive Newmarket Handicaps with a brilliant first-up victory in the Goodwood Handicap over 1000 metres at UBET Park Hobart yesterday.
Hellova Street ($8.60) showed good early speed to share the lead with Sh'Bourne Spirit while the well backed Valiant Warrior trailed the leaders to the home turn.
When jockey David Pires called on Hellova Street for the big effort he sped clear and had no trouble fending off serious challenges from the Stuart Gandy-trained stablemates Geegees Goldengirl and Geegees Doublejay.
Hellova Street won last year's Newmarket (1200m) carrying 54 kg but yesterday he was forced to carry top weight of 61 kilograms yet he still had some of the best sprinters in the state struggling to catch him over the 1000-metre scamper.
His trainer Scott Brunton was thrilled for the horse but said the handicapper had "got it wrong" with the horse's weight in yesterday's race.
"He is a very good horse but he only has a 94 rating and that does not warrant having to carry 61 kilograms in an open handicap," Brunton said.
Hellova Street will now have to go straight into the Newmarket without another run and he is likely to get another hefty impost in that quality handicap that has a 61 kilogram maximum and 54kg minimum.
Outside of the winner, the run of Geegees Goldengirl was outstanding as she is better known over longer trips as she proved last season by winning the $100,000 Strutt Stakes and $100,000 Tasmanian Oaks over 2100 metres.
Geegees Doublejay will also be improved by the outing and there was a lot to like about the way Sh'Bourne Spirit stuck on after matching motors with Hellova Street to well into the straight.
The Newmarket Handicap will be run in Launceston under lights on November 18.
Another impressive winner on the seven-event card was Follow My Dust that is prepared at Seven Mile Beach by Hall of Fame trainer David Brunton.
Follow My Dust was having his first start since August 16 when second on the synthetic at Devonport.
The gelded son of Haradasun was still last turning for home but when rider Damien Thornton got him to the outside fence he stormed home and hit the line well clear of the well-backed Stella Etoile and Just Run.
Follow My Dust has always shown promise but this could be his best season.
Brunton confirmed the Devonport Cup could be the gelding's main mission but for the time being he will just be guided through the classes.