Banner

Concessions Claims The Cup In Magnificent Style

It was a sight to behold when CONCESSIONS, a six-year-old bay mare by Tickets out the Beautiful Crown mare in Last Dollars, left her opponents in her wake in the run to the line in the 2020 Tooheys New Armidale Cup run on Sunday 1st March.

The trainer’s report was that CONCESSIONS was probably the best horse in the race. She had done really well in her work at home and would relish the “give” in the track, which was rated a Soft 6 at the start of the day.

A warmish day was forecast, Mid North Coast-based Belinda Hodder had accepted the ride and the mare had been allocated the nice weight of 54kgs. A precautionary “tweak” was a gear change, Winkers being applied to the mare to keep her sharp due to small drop back in distance. The punters had kept CONCESSIONS safe in the market. Opening in the betting at $9 out to $10 then backed into $8 at start time.

The starting gates for the 1900 metres of the Cup journey are located at the beginning of the home straight. CONCESSIONS jumped on terms, Belinda then eased her mount with the intention of taking up a position on the running rail just back of midfield. After outsmarting a couple of the other runners to get there, it was a case of Belinda and her ride hugging  the fence for the next part of the race and settle into a steady pace.

On passing the winning post for the time, hometown favourite New Endeavour and the Paul Perry-trained San Francisco were up front jostling for the lead while that was going on, Mister Smartee from Port Macquarie had rushed up out wide and was caught even wider going into the first turn which is a tight one, ultimately that horse had to ease.

With the field stringing out down the side of the track, CONCESSIONS found herself some 7 to 8 lengths off the pace. With around 1300 metres left to run, Belinda as calm as you like was happy where she was keeping her horse comfortable, travelling well within herself.

Nearing 1000 metres from home, Belinda began her assessment of the situation. After moving a length closer to the frontrunners, the duo were now just under 6 lengths back and closing gradually. The 600 metres mark saw CONCESSIONS being asked to quicken, which she did, by time the field were approaching the 400 metres, the margin was down to 4 lengths.

Coming into the race with the pace on, still on the rail, Belinda was urging CONCESSIONS for that little extra in order to take advantage of the clear running room ahead. It wasn’t until the point of the turn Belinda eased her mare off the rails to three horses off the fence to gain clear running to the finish.

While this was happening, the Kris Lees - trained and favourite Chilly Cha Cha ($3.50) was laying down a challenge to the leader, New Endeavour, which was giving plenty.

Once into the straight and having drawn level and gone past the two horses in front of them, Belinda gave CONCESSIONS just a tap with the persuader and away they went, exploding to a three length margin within 50 metres.

Eventually going to the post close on 5 lengths ahead of Devlann, which and run on and the fast finishing Paul Perry horse and second favourite Nothing Too Hard. The crowd were silenced by the turn of foot CONCESSIONS had shown.

Wow … that was truly special. Congratulations to all the owners, especially long-term clients, Wal and Anne Lanham. Wal bred and along with Anne own another winner on the day in Itasca also from the Singleton Racing Stables and congratulations must also go to other long-timers, Adrian and Margaret Roberts. Finally, an extra well done to part lessees, the Wingnut Sports Syndicates, they also had reason to celebrate with Itasca.

’twas a grand day all round. It brought back memories of another Sunday this time in October, the 17th in fact, at the Hawkesbury racecourse, when CONCESSIONS and ITASCA were both victorious.

A fine training performance again by Scott and Lucy’s team, things are going along nicely from your Scone base. Even more successes will come in the near future.

Itasca Returns Victorious ... With A Little Help

 Call it fate if you are so inclined but it was just meant to be. The day, St David’s Day Sunday March 1 in the year 2020. The Patron Saint of Wales had aligned the universe in readiness for what was about to happen.

 The location was Armidale in the New England Tablelands of New South Wales. The occasion, a race meeting held on the racecourse in the town. ITASCA, the six-year-old gelding bred by Wal Lanham. Owners, the effervescent Wal and his lovely wife Anne, who is of Welsh descent, added to the theme of the day. There is one more note of mention, the colours worn by their horse are red, green and white, the national colours of Wales. They are Anne’s family’s silks, originally owned by her grandfather, designed by her father and have been carried by Group Race performers.

 The racetrack at Armidale had suffered during the drought, over the past five months meetings scheduled to be held there were transferred to other venues. In spite of that hardship, the track looked in perfect order and was rated a Slow 6 with a fine day forecast and ITASCA accepted to run in race five on the card, the Regional Australia Bank Class 3 Showcase Handicap (1300m).

 ITASCA, who has a penchant for female jockeys, (“the girls” have ridden the horse three out of his four wins to date) had gained the services of successful Newcastle-based apprentice Mikayla Weir. The barrier drawn was reasonable, barrier 8 out of the 12 starters and ITASCA would have to carry 55.5kgs for the 1300 metres journey.  

 After being off the scene for nearly six months ITASCA had been in work for some time and readied for the race with a good hit-out at the Muswellbrook trials twelve days earlier.

 The 1300 metres start located in the longest straight run of the 1600 metres track, giving runners an opportunity to get into their desired position prior to turning into the short back straight of 200 metres. The horses are then on a continuous bend into the short home straight of around 300 metres. So, it’s ideal to keep close to the fence to avoid getting caught wide.

 As per instructions, Mikayla allowed ITASCA to “flop” out of the barriers with the intention of letting her mount settle unfussed toward the rear of the field. By the time they’d gone 100 metres the jockey had her horse going along easy in about ninth position some 8 lengths from the leaders.

 Now into a nice rhythm, the rider continued to hold her spot just biding her time aboard ITASCA. Passing the 1000 metres mark positions had hardly changed the only noticeable change was The Pharaoh making a quick move forward to take up the role as frontrunner. ITASCA as this stage was now a “tad “more than 11 lengths from that horse, still travelling kindly.

 With the 800 metres pole behind them, Mikayla decided it was time to get a bit of a “wriggle on” and upped her rating marginally with the view of gaining ground on the main bunch of horses. At the 600 mark, the move saw ITASCA now 7 lengths off the pacemaker and coming into the race nicely.

 Just prior to entering the straight run for home the jockey had ITASCA taking the shortest way home by hugging the rails while others runners were fanning wide. Into the straight and just balanced up Mikayla sensed the two runners in front of her namely The Pharaoh and Denman Unlimited were tiring and had to react quickly and extricate her horse away from the fence to a position three wide in order to have an uninterrupted run to the finish line.

 In the meantime the second favourite, Kris Lees-trained Dundee Lee ($3.20) had hit the lead and was full of running, ITASCA would be in for the chase about 3/4 of a length back. Mikayla applied a couple of slaps of the whip, her mount responded.

 The tussle was on, it wasn’t until 25 metres out that ITASCA had his head in front, the winning post was in their sights. On the line a clear but narrow margin to ITASCA by 0.1 length ahead of Dundee Lee with Pomme La Belle running on into third placing after taking the widest route around the home bend.

 Heartiest Congratulations to the owners, Wal and Anne and the Wingnut Sports Syndicates, who lease a small percentage of ITASCA. What a grand return to racing for your horse. A lovely ride by Mikayla …Well Done and an excellent training performance by Scott and his team.

 Of course one mustn’t forget we must pay homage to St. David for aligning all aspects of ITASCA’s victory. Go the Red, Green and White. Looking forward to those colours saluting again soon.

More Articles ...

  1. More Spice … Twice As Nice
  2. That's A Bit Rich
  3. The Now Famous Rich And Shameless
  4. Spice Is Nice Even More So
  5. Artie's Rose Smells Victory
  6. Stock Up For The Spring
  7. Ladies Love A ‘Rose’
  8. There’s Still Life - It’s An Art Form
  9. Holy Guacamole … What Was That ?
  10. Winch Saves The Day
  11. Itasca Puts His Best Hooves Forward
  12. The Best Choice ? ... Lexi’s
  13. One Can’t Knock Yorkshire Rock
  14. Partners In Crime
  15. Breathtaking, Staggering Performance
  16. The Wins Stock Up
  17. Ever Consistent Stock Up Chalks One Up
  18. Watch The Cat Gets It Down Pat
  19. Holy Empress Rules
  20. Cyclonite Sets The Track Alight
  21. Alastriona To Be Sure To Be Sure
  22. Successful Partners In The World of Racing
  23. Dad’s Boy Delivers The Joy
  24. Alastriona’s Been There Done That
  25. Snatcha Grabsa Victory
  26. It’s A Fine Art
  27. Jolen Jolen Takes The Gold
  28. Alastriona First Up First Home
  29. Base Camp Authority With A Stamp
  30. Cyclonite Takes Flight
  31. ONLY 5% LEFT ...
  32. Image Neat The One To Beat
  33. Staggering Loves Travelling
  34. Yorkshire Rock As Solid As
  35. Cyclonite Gets It Right
  36. Jax To The Max
  37. Fame Shines When It Mattered The Most
  38. Staggering Home At Bathurst
  39. Secret Mistress Booted Home To Win
  40. Base Camp Moves To A Higher Level
  41. Poet’s Advocate ... Leading Is The Answer
  42. Fame Shines Brilliantly At Orange
  43. Caper Progressing In Leaps And Bounds
  44. Madam Juror Delivers The Verdict …. Winner
  45. Itasca Takes The Next Step
  46. Poet’s Advocate Explodes Midrace
  47. Concessions Excels At Her Profession
  48. Madam Juror Guilty Of Winning
  49. Caper Loves This Racing Caper
  50. Concessions Loves The Distance Loves The Track
  51. Itasca Proves To Be A Handful
  52. Oakwood Lady - Tough As Teak
  53. Poet’s Advocate Unleashed
  54. Cambage Now All Grown Up
  55. Oakwood Lady Shows The Family How It’s Done
  56. Adjective: A Fitting Description … The Perfect Gentleman
  57. Adjective Returns To The Winners Stall
  58. Secret Mistress Exposed At Cessnock
  59. One Should Always Be Trusting
  60. So Blessed Streets The Rest
  61. Art and Craft At Their Best
  62. It Was Shazee Lee For All To See
  63. Climbing To Heights From Base Camp
  64. Smokey’s Joy - Full Of It At Goulburn
  65. Provincial Champion ? It Could Be Shazee Lee
  66. Loves The Mile - Loves To Lead - Loves To Win
  67. Some Days Are Diamonds
  68. Concession’s Progression
  69. Solo Gypsy As Predicted
  70. This Poet Is An Advocate for Determination
  71. Solo Gypsy Does It On His Own
  72. Cambage Oozes Ability
  73. Cambage Stands Tall
  74. Cowra Victory for Court Victory
  75. Still Turning It On – Alluvion
  76. Alluvion Puts A Show On
  77. Concessions … Just The Tickets
  78. Stand Up For Poet’s Advocate
  79. Smokey’s Joy … He’s The Boy
  80. Court Victory’s Bathurst Win … A Classic Case Of Déjà Vu
  81. An Open And Shut Case … Court Victory
  82. Flys Away Makes It Two For The Day
  83. Just Love A Savona Sunset
  84. Alluvion … Spot On
  85. Shazee Lee Successfulee … Whoopee !
  86. Left Sitting On A Park Bench
  87. Global Storm Hits Nowra
  88. A Kiss To Remember
  89. Who’s The Boss Now ... Ra ?
  90. Touched By Light … Out Of Sight
  91. Touched By Light … In Full Flight
  92. The Boss Gets The Job Done
  93. Jack’s Back On His Home Track
  94. This Lady Is No Fool
  95. Court Victory Claims Victory Again
  96. Overcast To Reign
  97. Overcast With Sunny Skies Ahead
  98. The Judge’s Decision - A Court Victory
  99. Metung Didn't Spend A Penny
  100. As If By Magic … Vanishka
  101. Big On Fame Plays The Winning Game
  102. Like A Diamond On The Sky
  103. What A Day ... Adjective And Flys Away
  104. Fitting The Description - Adjective
  105. Orange Taken By Storm
  106. No Guidance Needed
  107. Singleton Racing Now Hiring:
  108. Flys Away Finds A Way
  109. Courage In the Art Of Defence
  110. In For The Fight
  111. Flys Away Flys
  112. As Simple As ABC ... Abbalac - Bathurst - Crystal
  113. Another Win Before The New Season's Dawn
  114. Handy Guide To Winning
  115. Hawkesbury's Scott Singleton Lands Season's Final Metro Race
  116. Jack's Back ... And How
  117. Abbalac In The Nick Of Time
  118. THE SINGLETON RACING STABLES STORY - Part 1 - The First 100 Wins
  119. Triple Celebration Day At Hawkesbury
  120. Another Win - A Positive Spin
  121. One for Penny ... Two for Penny
  122. Desired All The More - Forbidden Jewel
  123. A Head Spinning Performance
  124. An Element Of Success - Smooth
  125. Holding Court at Queanbeyan
  126. The Penny Drops at Port
  127. A Trip To Tamworth ... Just The Trick For This Lady
  128. Winning From In Front - Shalmaneser Shows How It's Done
  129. A Barrage of Winners
  130. Tracktorque Applys The Pressure At Bathurst
  131. Bel Barrage - Explosive
  132. Oakwood Lady and Court Victory - making it all worthwhile
  133. Unbeaten This Time In - Shalmaneser
  134. Shalmaneser Reigns Supreme - that's two on the trot!
  135. Shalmaneser - Crowned the Victor
  136. Turning Defence into Attack
  137. Tracktorque All The Talk
  138. The Winners Keep Coming
  139. A Sight for Sore Eyes - Humanise
  140. Christmas Comes Early at Scone
  141. Gold From Orange
  142. Success at Port
  143. Dubawi's Dream Comes True
  144. Adjective Breaks Maiden at 3rd Start
  145. Rock In A Glamour Win
  146. Abbalac Makes It Five
  147. Brodies Outstays Them At Bathurst
  148. Abbalac Wins Well At Mudgee
  149. Dubawi Dream Excels On The Wet
  150. Hawkesbury's 'Longshot Scott' Does It Again At Warwick Farm
  151. Dubawi Dream Breaks Maiden
  152. Bel Barage In Strong Victory
  153. Brodies Scores For Singleton
  154. Ruby Ninetails Scores Over Distance
  155. Big Weight No Barrier For Rollin
  156. Cruella De Vil Makes It A Hatrick
  157. Orange Double For Singleton Stable
  158. Cruella De Vil Makes It A Double
  159. Cruella In Long Priced Win
  160. Trial Gound Makes It A One Act Affair
  161. Rock Progressing In Glamorous Style
  162. Double At Bathurst For Singleton Stable
  163. Blakrho Notches Up Nice Win
  164. Glamour Rock Salutes at Hawkesbury
  165. Platinum Jack Wins 4 Races in 3 States!
  166. Mr Hong Kong wins by 4.5 lengths
  167. Baby Bobs Up At Canberra
  168. Honours Essential Ploughs Through The Mud
  169. Bel Barrage Notches Up Nice Win
  170. Fresh Success For Rollinontheriver
  171. Millionaire's Baby Proves Her Worth
  172. Power Shadow Notches Up Nice Win
  173. Trial Ground In Convincing Win
  174. First Interstate Win For The Stable!
  175. Dark Brown Sugar Gives Her Sire Pendragon His First Saturday Metro Winner!
  176. Young Hawkesbury Trainer Produces Interstate Metropolitan Double
  177. Platinum Jack Gets Up
  178. Cruella De Vil Wins Well
  179. Brown Sugar Does It Again
  180. More Wins In Store For Cliffsman
  181. Honours Essential Handy Stayer In The Making
  182. Dark Brown Sugar Warms Up In Impressive Fashion

Facebook

Twitter