20 July 2012 - Group 1 Australian Oaks winner Shake It Mama heads a star-studded line-up of fillies at Bendigo to contest three heats of the Art Major Breeders Crown Series 14 at Lord’s Raceway on Wednesday night.
Champion reinsman Chris Alford, Smythes Creek trainer Emma Stewart and owner David Sheppard celebrated Shake It Mama’s dominant win in last Friday’s $75,000 Oaks at Tabcorp Park, Melton. Leading all the way, Shake It Mama was simply too good for her rivals and won by 5.9 metres. The mile rate was a good 1:58.1, with a last half in a slick 56.2.
This was Mach Three filly Shake It Mama's second Group One win of her career after capturing the Bathurst Gold Tiara at two. She has now had seven wins from 13 starts this season and the Nevele R Stud Australian Oaks elevated her career earnings to over $213,000. The first six placegetters from the Oaks will contest the Crown heats at Bendigo. Louvre an outstanding daughter of Art Major trained by Susan Hunter finished second in the Oaks and will contest a separate Crown heat to Shake It Mama on Wednesday. Shake It Mama’s stablemate Beauty Secret, a filly by Armbro Operative finished fourth in the Oaks and won the Southern Cross Final in South Australia before that and has also drawn away from Skae It Mama. She will contest the third Crown heat. Chris Alford took Shake It Mama straight to the top in the Oaks and she is drawn to lead in her heat as well. From gate two she should have enough pace to cross the speedy pole marker La Machane, a last start Ballarat winner to be driven by Greg Sugars. Louvre, the winner of the Group 1 Alabar Breeders in NSW, will get plenty of opposition from the Oaks third placegetter Ymbro Toto and Vicbred Filly Final winner Hexham Heartbeat. Beauty Secret will come from the inside of the second row in her heat. The Bendigo-owned Real Bonus and New Zealander Twist And Twirl will make strong claims for victory. The $20,000 Blue Chip Farms Australasian Breeders Crown Semi Final will be raced at Tabcorp Park 10 August, the $20,000 Consolation on 19 August with the $176,000 Final on 19 August. – David Aldred
10 July 2012 - Saturday night’s Loddon Valley Stud 2yo Classic at Bendigo will springboard Australian Pacing Gold winner Musical Delight into next week’s heat of the Australasian Breeders Crown and trainer Gary Quinlan is quietly confident that his star filly can extend her four race winning streak.
With the barriers drawn on class, Musical Delight will come from the outside gate in an interesting seven horse line-up. “My filly is versatile and Nathan (Jack) knows he can use her gate speed or take a sit and sprint home, so the gate start isn’t an issue,” Quinlan said. “She’s a winner at Bendigo two runs before the APG Final victory and she races well on the track, so I’m pretty happy about her chances.” Goulburn Valley reinsman Jack is driving in career best form and has been on Musical Delight at each of her five wins. Quinlan knows that Musical Delight has a tough month ahead of her as she targets the main goal, the $303,000 Group 1 Australasian Breeders Crown at Tabcorp Park, Melton on Sunday 19 August. “She goes into Saturday night’s race off the back of two trials, one a Warragul and one at Cranbourne, my filly finished second in both her trials and last Saturday was beaten by Glenferrie EJ at Cranbourne,” Quinlan said. “I clocked her breaking 57 seconds for the last half mile and I haven’t had her too wound up as she has the Crown ahead of her. “I can tell you that she has taken a lot of benefit from the two trials.”Seven days after Saturday’s Bendigo race, Musical Delight will contest a heat of ABC at Shepparton. Musical Delight is hot property in Victorian harness racing. The daughter of Bettors Delight and the former outstanding Victorian race mare Top Tempo, put together her four consecutive wins in a month, the wins including the $307,000 Final of the Australian Pacing Gold (Fllly Division) at Tabcorp Park Melton at her last start on 27 April. Sprinting home along the markers, Musical Delight won the 1720 metre race in a career best 1:57 mile rate to beat Patchitupbaby and Major Joy and for that victory collected $150,000 for her owners, Lauriston Bloodstock's Bill and Anne Anderson. Despite the filly’s excellent record, Quinlan recognises that Bendigo’s Loddon Valley Stud Classic is far from a one or even two horse race. “Glenferrie EJ is an obvious danger and the Ballarat filly Bit of A Babe and the New South Wales filly Perfezione are going to provide plenty of competition,” he said. The Craig Demmler trained Glenferrie EJ (Jodi Quinlan) will start from gate six. She was runner up to Musical Delight in the Youthful Stakes at Melton in March after winning her first two starts at Maryborough and Melton.
In the Colts & Gelding division of the Loddon Valley Classic, Nathan Jack will drive Fiddlers Three for Yanco trainer David Eurell. Fiddlers Three, a son of Mach Three won the Joe Kennedy Memorial at its only race start at Cobram last week. Rating 1:59.1 for the mile Fiddlers Three led all the way to beat the luckless Perfezione. With a nice gate draw Fiddlers Three could well emulate that run in this race. Former New Zealander Flaming Flutter makes its Australian debut for trainer Geoff Webster with Greg Sugars taking the reins. Flaming Flutter, a son of Bettors Delight is an Addington winner. The winners of the two $7,000 Loddon Valley Stud Classics will get a bonus stallion service to a Loddon Valley Stud stallion of the owner’s choice, with the prize provided by John and Kay Campbell. Racing at Bendigo commences at 5:27pm with the 10 race card concluding with the Redwood Weekend Trot at 10:00pm. -