The second edition of the Ray White Tumut Mile has been run and won, and Wagga galloper, Bravado Lass, has proven a class above her opposition, winning comfortably in the $15,000 feature event at Tumut Turf Club on Saturday.
The Gary Colvin runner was ridden just behind early leader Intueri by leading hoop Blaike McDougall, before the pair reached the 300m marker, with Bravado Lass then eyeballing the early lamp lighter
By the 200m post, Bravado Lass was a length in front, and the eight-year-old then exploded away for a comfortable 3.05 lengths win over the Doug Gorrel trained Intueri, while the Dave Blundell prepared, Tickinover, ran a good race at big odds to finish third.
“She won well. We were pretty keen on her and knew she would take some beating,” Colvin said.
“It certainly is nice to get a good win like that, and she has been a good mare to us.”
Colvin praised the efforts of Blaike McDougall, who the stable had lined up for the ride shortly after the initial nominations for the $15,000 event were released to the public on Monday.
“We get on pretty good, his manager and I as well, so I won’t annoy him, but I will get in early when I have a good chance,” Colvin said.
“He rode her very confidently, which you need to do at Tumut, or you get left behind, and he knew what needed to happen.”
Funnily enough, Colvin wasn’t on course for the win, and is currently on the Gold Coast, looking for prospective stable stars of the future at the Magic Millions sales.
Still, Colvin was pleased he could watch the races from the comfort of the Sky Racing channel.
“We are up at the sales and we are looking at a couple of prospects,” Colvin said.
“It was good to be able to watch the races, and Tumut came up very good. There was a couple of blokes watching the races with us who complemented the track.”
The Zariz mare will now get a few days off after her seventh career win, before Colvin identifies another target.
“I haven’t had a look yet; I will let her get over the run and I’ll work a race out when I get back,” Colvin said.
“We might go the the Tumbarumba Cup.”
Punters on fire at Tumut
It was a punter’s dream on Saturday, with five of the six favourites saluting.
In the first race, the Tumut and Adelong Times 1000m Maiden Plate, the well-tried Thuwaany for Chris Heywood and Blaike McDougall came in from his opening quote of $4 before starting $2.20 favourite.
The Wagga runner won comfortably, holding off the Dave Blundell trained, Words Unspoken, while the one-time race favourite, and Kerry Weir trained, Deemed Courrpt, ran third.
The biggest plunge of the day came off in the second event, the Read Plumbing 1400m Maiden Handicap, when Scott Collings and Blaike McDougall teamed up with Fire Shadow.
The Goulburn runner was $3.70 when odds first went up on Friday morning, but that was snapped up in a heartbeat, and by the time the race came around, the then $1.65 favourite never looked like losing, sitting outside early leader Alpha Lane, before careering away for a 2.09 lengths win.
The Doug Gorrel trained Alpha Lane kicked on well for second and Casa De Reign finished third for Joe Cleary, adding some value to the exotics.
Punters had a nervous time of things in the third event, the Tumut Toyota 1400m Class Two Handicap, with 50/1 shot Protype leading easily from the barriers, before turning into the home straight with a good lead.
The Martin Stein runner, who had Brendan Ward in the saddle, was still in front with 50m to go, but a fast-finishing Idle Fancy, who started the $2.60 favourite, got the win for Darrel Burnett and Blaike McDougall by 0.57 of a length, while fellow roughie, Rheingau, finished third for Darryl Rolfe and Nyssa Burrells.
The Ray White Tumut Mile saw Gary Colvin and Blaike McDougall team up on the well-tried Bravado Lass, who was the most dominant winner of the day, cruising home by 3.05 lengths over Doug Gorrel’s Intueri and Dave Blundell’s Tickinover.
The penultimate event was the Club Tumut Class One Handicap over the 1200m, and Mitch Beer’s only runner on the day, Shadow Company, worked hard for the lead and held on for a good win for Jordan Mallyon.
The Albury runner started an easing $3.20 favourite, but won comfortably in the end, holding off Nessledo and Fifi Girl.
The final event on the card was the Sturt Thoroughbreds 1000m Benchmark 50 Handicap, and the only roughie of the day saluted, with Force Awakens holding off the favourite Danetree Belle for a 1.33 lengths win.
Kevin Byrne and Julia Presits combined for the win, while Lucky Champion rounded out the trifecta in third place.
Tumut Turf Club will race again on February 13.