Punctuate Back Among Winners

Nov 07, 2012

Courtesy of The Mercury 07/11/12 - Damien Seaton - SEVEN Mile Beach galloper Punctuate returned to the winner's circle for the first time in 18 months when he ran his rivals ragged leading all of the way to comfortably win yesterday's $30,000 Goodwood Handicap (1100m) at Elwick.

The David and Scott Brunton-trained gelding was having his second start back from a short let-up and ran right up to his encouraging third when resuming at Spreyton on October 14.

Punctuate ($8), withstood a serious challenge from Bionic Star ($4.20) in the home straight, while Rebel Bride ($3.70f) ran well at his first start for almost four months, finishing third.

"It's great to see him back in the winners circle," Scott Brunton said.

"He will go straight to the Newmarket Handicap (1200m) at Mowbray in 17 days."

Punctuate was the middle pin of a treble for Victorian jockey Anthony Darmanin, who also tasted success on the smart filly Arenzano ($1.30f) and From The Bronx ($4.40).

"He [Punctuate] began really quickly and he was strong throughout the race," Darmanin said.

"He gave a good kick in the straight and I'm now looking forward to the Newmarket."

Better known as a harness trainer-driver, Adrian Duggan tasted success for the first time in the thoroughbred ranks when he saddled-up Heartbreak Lass to win yesterday's Class Four Handicap (1200m).

Duggan has only had his thoroughbred trainer's licence for five weeks and the popular horseman was all smiles following the win.

"This is such a great thrill and very satisfying," Duggan said. "I have always had a share in her and she's such a consistent little mare."

Duggan was soon on the road to Mowbray after the race and finished third in the sulky of Hearthrob some four hours after training his first winner at the gallops.

Meanwhile, the Barry Campbell-trained Grand Tycoon did everything right when winning the $15,000 Debutante Plate (900m) at Elwick.

Grand Tycoon ($3.20f) sat parked after showing early speed, before exploding away to win by a convincing 2 3/4 lengths from Inner Warrior ($15), while Gee Gees Prairie ($9) finished third.

"He's well educated and he doesn't do anything wrong," Campbell said.

"He's not very big, but he's quick and I will probably return here to Elwick on November 20.

"After that he will go for a little rest."

Campbell finished with a double when boom filly Arenzano toughed it out to win the Three Year Old Handicap (1000m), providing Brendon McCoull with a double.

Japanese-born jockey Shuji Amano also finished with a double after success aboard Heartbreak Lass ($6), and Coghills Hustler ($35), for Brighton trainer Tammy Mollross.