Jun 01, 2014
Story and image courtesy of www.tasracing.com.au 21/08/13. WELL bred three-year-old gelding Campari emerged from the Hobart trials yesterday a comfortable winner to suggest he could measure up when he steps out in a race in the coming weeks.
Campari (God's Own-Lemon Soda) had a couple of preparations last season that culminated in only one race start in which he finished near last to Inner Warrior in a 2YO maiden over 1120 metres in Launceston in March.
He was sent for a decent spell and yesterday he looked ready for business, beginning well and settled just off the pace.
When rider Patrick Keane called on the gelding to extend he cruised to the lead and won well.
Campari, trained at SevenMileBeach by David and Scott Brunton, got a glowing report from co-trainer Scott Brunton.
"This horse is a half-brother to Testamarriage and Sorell Miss," Scott Brunton said.
"Campari has been a bit of a slow learner compared to those fillies that were jump and run horses but we put that down to the fact that he is by God's Own and they take a b it more time to mature".
"If he keeps improving we are hoping he can acquit himself well in a couple of the three-year-old classic races later in the season," he said.
While Campari was impressive, another trial winner to catch the eye was former Victorian four-year-old mare Miss It And A Bit.
Miss It And A Bit led throughout to score by over a length with Eddie Brennan aboard.
She is prepared at Campania by Chris Crook who said the mare may have a bright future if she can mirror her trial form in a race.
Miss It And A Bit, by Host from the Stravinsky mare Steffi, was sold for $3000 at the Inglis Premier Yearling Sale in Melbourne but after three unplaced starts from two preparations she was offered for sale on the internet.
Darrell Walsh was looking for a horse to use for trail rides so he purchased her for that purpose but when she arrived in the state he opted to try her as a racehorse.
"When she arrived at my place the transport driver told me she was well bred and looked a racy type so he convinced me to find a trainer and put her into work," Walsh said.
"I got a few friends to take a share and here we are watching her win a trial. It's quite exciting," he said.
Charlie Goggin and Luella Meaburn had a few of their good horses trial yesterday including One More Red that won his trial.
One More Red defeated the Chris Crook-trained Clamouring and Rusticana that also comes from the Goggin-Meaburn stable.
One More Red will line up in a class one handicap over 1000 metres at Elwick on Sunday and should be hard to beat on his trial effort.