Extended Warranty has attitude

Sep 08, 2015

Courtesy of tasracing.com.au - 08/09/15 - WHEN Extended Warranty arrived at the stables of Scott Brunton earlier this year she it was apparent from the first time she fast galloped that she possessed a fair share of ability.

Brunton lined her up in a maiden at UBET Park Hobart and she duly delivered the goods with the owners recouping much of what they outlaid to secure the daughter of Undoubtedly.

She was spelled straight after the win and at Devonport last Sunday she resumed racing with another emphatic win, this time in a strong class one handicap over 1150m on the synthetic.

Punters were unsure whether she would handle the synthetic surface so she was an easing favourite but those who stuck with her knew they had invested wisely after the now four-year-old mare had travelled 400 metres.

When the leader Microsecond kicked clear turning for home Extended Warranty appeared to lose ground but when jockey David Pires called on her for the big effort 200 metres out she picked up the bit and charged home to score by a length from Le Bel Opera with the winner's stablemate Flight Mode an eye-catching third a half-length away.

Brunton was pleased that the mare had emerged from the outing still unbeaten in Tasmania but he admitted her nature might need to improve if she is to go to the next level.

"There's no doubt she has loads of ability but she is a right pain in the neck as far as attitude is concerned,' Brunton said.

"At times she would bite your head off if she could and she has a few other tricks but when they have the ability you tend to forgive their quirks, even if they are nasty ones," he said.

Pires said Extended Warranty gave the impression she was going to give up turning for home.

"But when she switched on she just went bang and had them covered in the blink of an eye," Pires said.

It was the second leg of a winning double for Brunton who also saddled up first-starter Speedhump to score an impressive win on debut.

Speedhump was the medium of a decent plunge shortening from $6 to start the $3.20 second favourite behind George's Gambol ($2.80) that failed to flatter and finished fifth, beaten almost five lengths.

Brunton said Speedhump had shown above average ability from day one but had been a "slow learner" and needed time to mature.

"He has been a big, dumb bugger that has taken ages to get to the races but the wait has been worthwhile," Brunton said.

Speedbump is raced by some members of the Magic Millions team who liked the colt when he went through the sale ring at the Tasmanian Magic Millions Yearling Sale in Launceston last year.

He was offered by Armidale Stud and sold for $16,000 but Armidale retained a share in the colt and employees of the stud were trackside to see the win.

"I have no doubt that Speedhump will end up a really nice horse but for the time being he is still capable of winning a few before he heads for a spell," Brunton said.