Jun 02, 2014
Courtesy of www.tasracing.com.au
TEAM Brunton had the potential to secure seven wins on Sunday's eight-event card at Tattersall's Park in Hobart and while that never eventuated David and Scott Brunton would have been happy to walk away with three winners and two close seconds.
It looked like being a good day for the state's multiple premiership-winning training combo but as often is the case things don't always go to plan in horse races.
Nevertheless their winners were impressive, in particular four-year-old mare Acacia Bloom that rattled home along the rails with Anthony Darmanin in the saddle to score easily from race leader Chi Gong and Da Ponte in a maiden/class one over 1600 metres.
Acacia Bloom won in Hobart in mid November after which she twice placed second, the most recent in a class two over 1400 metres won by the highly promising Spinning Jenny.
The Bruntons also saddle up Vigilante that proved too strong for his rivals in a strong class one handicap over 1100 metres.
Vigilante drew an outside gate but that proved not to be too much a disadvantage when the rain came.
Once again it was Darmanin who had the sit and he waited until an opportune time to make his move and the gelded son of Street Boss responded magnificently.
The John Blacker-trained Arctic Blitz emerged from the pack and looked likely to win 200 metres out but Vigilante dig deep and held a decent margin over Arctic Blitz at the line with Artie Luvstoparty an unlucky third.
Eagle Flight was the first to salute for team Brunton while Flying Verdict and Perplexing placed second in their races.