The 2014 Festive Season got off to a great start at Scone on Friday 12th December, after our astute trainer, Scott Singleton assessed his charges' chances well.
He had originally accepted with four horses for the meeting, Scott made the decision to scratch two of his runners, saving them for another day.
The result, 100% success ... TWO STARTERS - TWO WINNERS !
The first of our winners, FLYS AWAY a three year old bay filly by SHAFT, bred and owned by long-time stable clients Wal and Anne Lanham, is the second living foal of the Beautiful Crown mare Last Dollars. The filly was victorious in Race 6, the 1100m Zizou @ Turangga Farm Maiden Plate.
FLYS AWAY began nicely and gathered momentum soon after the start to be just off the pace but wide, after summing up the situation and at the thought of being caught too wide, her rider Kevin May, took up a position just outside the leader. Approaching the home turn, Kevin had his mount three horses off the rail and travelling well.
Once into the straight and balanced FLYS AWAY kicked strongly to be two and a half lengths clear of the field and although a bit green in the straight, put her mind on the job over the last 75m going to the line full of running winning comfortably by two lengths in the time of 1:04.92 coming home the last 600m in 34.78 secs, an ease in the betting saw her start at the good odds of $10 paying $14.10 on the tote.
CONGRATULATIONS to Wal & Anne on their success and for their continuing support of our stable, it is sincerely appreciated.
The second success of the day for the duo of Scott and Kevin came in the next event, Race 7 the Equilaw Benchmark 55 Handicap run over 1400m. The win brought up two in a row for the four year old mare QAMAR, (Mutawaajid x Moonlight Spark (Grand Lodge)) proving that her last start victory at Port Macquarie was no fluke.
From her wide barrier, the mare showed she possessed natural early speed taking the lead comfortably before the 1100m mark. Travelling well within herself Kevin maintained her rhythm until straightening for home and when asked for an effort QAMAR found strongly.
Holding off all challengers, she crossed the finishing line one length clear of the Paul Perry trained Pesaro ridden by Paul King, stopping the clock at 1:24.53. Another strong performance from this mare at a nice price - $11.
To the guys of the Wingnut Sports Syndicates as well as the other individual owners ...
CONGRATULATIONS. Going forward, there's plenty of fun to be had with this girl.
Well done Team Singleton ... here's to more winners !