Time To Hunt on song for new stable
Time To Hunt notched his second win for Albany trainer Paul Hunter in three starts, spearing through to salute in the Off The Track Handicap (1240m) at Percy Spencer Racecourse last Thursday.
Formerly trained by Dan and Ben Pearce, the six-year-old has two wins from four starts in the Hunter stable.
Settling midfield for jockey Mitch Pateman, Time To Hunt was held up on straitening but got clear to sprint through traffic and win by just over half a length.
“I thought he might have needed the run,” he said.
“That’s the shortest distance he has won over, so I wasn’t sure how he would go but I was happy with the turn of foot.
“He had a little let-up following his last start and has been training well.”
Jockey Brodie Kirby brought up a winning double after getting the nod on visiting galloper King Of Chaos in a four-way photo finish in the Wellington and Reeves Real Estate Handicap (1240m).
Leader Sax On Que, trained by Hunter, kicked strongly in the home straight but King Of Chaos claimed him and edged out All The Julz and Hunter’s Prince Friar in a thrilling result as the winning margin was a nose.
“I was really happy with both of their runs, Sax On Que fought on well and Prince Friar flew late,” Hunter said. “I expect a win around the corner for them two.
“I was really happy with Universal Star in the first race also; at its second start, she boxed on well and I’m happy with how she’s travelling.”
In-form trainer Steve Wolfe had Round The Point break through for a well-deserved win in ARC Ladies Committee Handicap (1000m) to bring up the first leg of Kirby’s double.
Earlier Wolfe’s Amber Highway was given a gun run by hoop Chris Nicoll to claim his second career win over 1500m.
Evergreen 10-year-old Tranquilla Sunrise and apprentice Beaux Banovic-Edwards made it a winning hat-trick, the rejuvenated gelding again kicked strongly in the straight to take out the Albany Race Club Life Members Handicap (1100m).
It was a mighty win after shaking off a strong challenge from Just Act Natural, who sat outside Tranquilla Sunrise in running.
Banovic-Edwards never panicked, however, as they sprinted clear to win by more than two lengths.
Shezabutoo won the opening race, a historic moment for ex-jockey Misty Bazeley as she posted her first winner as a trainer.
Shezabutoo settled midfield in running before peeling out four wide and finishing off powerfully to win the Motel Le Grande Maiden (1100m) by 0.2 lengths over the favourite Moama Rose.
Pateman had a great day in the saddle after a peach of a ride on Universal Vain gave Albany trainer Gerry Hughes a win.
Another 10-year-old, this time Corporate Larrikin, survived a protest from $2.60 favourite Defiantly to claim the final race for Wagin trainer Angela Smith.
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