Jun 04, 2014
Courtesy The Examiner's Greg Mansfield. Hell of a ride ends in victory. Courtesy The Examiner's Greg Mansfield. Hellova Street tried to buck off his jockey 50 metres after the start of the $50,000 PFD Foodservices 3YO Classic – but it didn't stop him scoring an upset win.
The $8.70 chance led all the way to beat the two favourites, Havana Stash and Quest Master.
Co-trainer Scott Brunton said that Hellova Street "dropped his head" and tried to get rid of jockey David Pires as he was driving towards the lead in the early stages.
"And it's not the first time he's done it." Brunton said.
"But he's got plenty of ability and we had set him for this race.
"We thought our other runner (Havana Stash) would be hard to beat, but I thought he was a bit disappointing. We rode him back from his wide draw but he had his chance."
Hellova Street is a half-brother to another of Brunton's promising horses, Streetwise Savoire, the winner of yesterday's Coates Hire (Bm78) Handicap.
"We think Streetwise Savoire is pretty smart but Dad (co-trainer David) has always liked this horse more," Brunton said.
The Brunton team had a treble on the board after the first five races, as it also won the Jansz (C4) Handicap with front-runner Devil's Tears, also ridden by David Pires.
The stable made it four for the day when outsider Westering Home won the The Examiner (Bm68) Handicap ridden by Stephen Maskiell.