Feb 28, 2018
By Brad Waters
Jockey Jason Maskiell had time to give Hellova Street a victory pat well before the line in Wednesday’s Listed Mowbray Stakes (1600m) at Launceston.
Hellova Street was always in control of the $100,000 race. Maskiell had a look over his right shoulder before displaying his affection for Hellova Street as the gelding cruised to victory.
Hellova Street ($1.55 fav) scored by 3 ½ lengths over his stablemate Step The Pedal ($12), who tried hard for jockey Stephanie Thornton. The Darren Weir-trained Royal Rapture ($6.50), who started his career in Tasmania, was third.
Hellova Street’s win was his 16th in 37 starts while his latest victory took the Melbourne Group III winner’s stakes tally to more than $900,000.
The seven-year-old’s trainer Scott Brunton rated Hellova Street’s Mowbray Stakes victory as the gelding’s best.
“He was fantastic today,” Brunton said. “Out to the mile, it was probably his best win.
“There have been lot of things go wrong with him behind the scenes. He’s done a terrific job to overcome it.
“He’s just an incredible animal. He’s by the post out of the back gate in breeding terms and he’s knee-high to a grasshopper but he’s been a good horse from day dot.”
Brunton said he was in two minds whether to run Step The Pedal in the Mowbray Stakes after her second in the Group III Vamos Stakes (1400m) but the mare did the stable proud again.
“She’s just like a merry-go-round, we just keep sending her around,” Brunton said.
“I felt bad when we accepted with her. She’s done a great job and picked up another Listed placing.”
The Mowbray Stakes didn’t all go to plan for Brunton. Stable favourite Count Da Vinci ($7) left connections scratching their head when he struggled into sixth placing, six lengths from the winner.