Promising display at Ascot
Three-year-old fillies Miss Pembroke and Christy Breanna qualified with winning performances at Ascot Park yesterday.
Miss Pembroke, a daughter of Grinfromeartoear and one-win mare Wanaka Bay, is trained at Rakauhauka by Clark Barron. His brother Tony, of Makarewa, trains Christy Breanna, who rates as a half-sister by Lis Mara to Bold Cruiser (Kilmore Cup) and Badlands Jewel (Nevele R Fillies' Final).
In cold conditions Miss Pembroke posted a front-running success in a mobile qualifying trial. She held on to win by a long neck in 2min 50.3sec for 2200m.
Her grand dam, Bremner Bay, is an unraced half-sister to Grinaldi (10 wins) and United States winner The Oyster Man.
Christy Breanna is the pick of the four 3-year-old fillies in work with Tony Barron.
She came from three back on the inner to win a mobile qualifying trial in 2:50.8 (2200m). Christy Breanna beat Miss Pembroke in a learners' heat at the Ascot Park workouts 11 days earlier.
''She's a lovely filly,'' Tony said of Christy Breanna.
Her next outing will be at the Winton trials on Wednesday and she could race at Ascot Park on September 28.
Ascot Park trainer Brent Shirley won't have to wait long to win a race with Ruby Ruby after she scored by six lengths and qualified in 2:54.3 (2200m stand).
The three runners in the trotters' qualifying trial all gained their tickets. Chevy Corvette led and romped away by five lengths in 3:2.5 (2200m stand) in the hands of part-owner Ant Gorman.
''He's a bit lazy by himself and needs another horse beside him,'' Gorman said of the Tracie McGrannachan-trained 6-year-old gelding who is out of Winton track record holder Nun Du Plat.
Gorman leaves next week to work for Queensland trainer Brian Manzelmann, of Logan Village.
Pacers' Qualifying Stand, 2200m - Ruby Ruby (4m Live Or Die-Not So Bad) (B Shirley) 1, Next Time 2, Julius Maximus 3, Homeforabubbly 4, Phin's Twin 5, Beaudiene Hotshot 6; six started and first four qualified; 2l, 11 1/2l, 2l; 2:54.3, 2:54.7, 2:57, 2:57.4, 2:58.9, 2:59.4, 61, 30.1; winning trainer, B Shirley.
Trotters' Qualifying Stand, 2200m - Chevy Corvette (6g Continentalman-Nun Du Plat) (A Gorman) 1, City Courage 2, Overcast 3; three started and all qualified; 5l, 3 1/2l; 3:2.5, 3:3.5, 3:4.2, 63.6, 32.5; winning trainer, T McGrannachan.
Pacers' Qualifying Mobile, 2200m - Christy Breanna (3f Lis Mara-Holmes Dream) (T Barron) 1, Sonova Gun 2, Ready For Takeoff 3, Steffi Road 4, Better Be Merry 5, Islegetem 6; six started and all qualified; 2l, lg nk, 1l; 2:50.8, 2:51.2, 2:51.3, 2:51.5, 2:51.6, 2:51.7, 60.1, 29.8; winning trainer, T Barron.
Pacers' Qualifying Mobile, 2200m - Miss Pembroke (3f Grinfromeartoear-Wanaka Bay) (C Barron) 1, Southern Delight 2, Master President 3, Aidan's Rocket 4, Brand New Day 5; five started and all qualified; lg nk, 5l, ns; 2:50.3, 2:50.4, 2:51.4, 2:51.4, 2:52.3, 60.8, 29.9; winning trainer, C Barron.
Non Winners' Mobile, 2200m - Royal Impression (non conpetitor, B Norman) 1, Forgotten Runner 2, In The Kitty 3; five started; 1 1/4l, hd, lg nk; 2:53, 59.3, 29.6; winning trainer, W Heads.
Non Winners' Stand, 2200m - Canardly Lover 30 (non competitor, S Walkinshaw) 1, Alisa Patron 2, Classiemahon 3; five started; 6 1/2l, 2l, 1l; 2:49.4, 59.2, 29.6; winning trainer, A Hunter.
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