Ascot Park workouts
Trainer Doug McLachlan was pleasantly surprised by the ease of Bettor's Brigadier's win at the Ascot Park workouts today.
He scored comfortably in 2:49.2 (2200m mobile) in the free-for-all, his last 800m requiring 58.1 and 400m in 28.2.
``I wasn't expecting that. He's ahead of where I thought he was [in fitness],'' McLachlan said.
Bettor's Brigadier will return to the Ascot Park workouts next Saturday and then could resume racing at the Gore meeting a week later.
``He's capable of going to open class.''
Reinsman Shane Walkinshaw was also impressed by the win.
``He jogged it . . . feels a better horse this time in.''
Smokin Barrels, a 4-year-old Washington VC mare trained by Murray Brown, won with authority in a learners' stand. His dam, Shorty's Dream, did not race but is a half-sister to five winners.
Brent Shirley trained and drove Father Ted to win a learners' mobile event. Shirley had a good hold of the 4-year-old son of American Ideal and Undeniably Bromac at the finish.
Undeniably Bromac's brother, Uncle Bromac, won 19 races in Australia.
Wayne McEwan-trained Outrageous El showed improvement to win a maiden mobile in respectable time of 2:48.5 (2200m), with the leaders sprinting the final 800m in 57.8.
Trotters' Stand, 2700m _ Jocy Jaccka (T Williams) 1, Starlight Invasion 20 2, The Sweedish Filly 3; 1/2hd, 2l; 3:40.4, 60, 30.1; winning trainer, B Gray.
Learners' Stand, 2200m _ Smokin Barrels (N Williamson) 1, Ambro Courage 2, Doubles Duggan 3; six started; nk, 1 1/2l; 2:57.8, 58.8, 29.5; winning trainer, M Brown.
One Or More Wins Stand, 2200m _ Tulach Ard 10 (B Gray) 1, Princess Delight 20 2, Just A Jak Up 3; four started; 1/2l, 3/4l; 2:50.8, 57.4, 28.7; winning trainer, B Gray.
Learners' Mobile, 2200m _ Father Ted (B Shirley) 1, Guggenheim 2, Northview Gambler 3; Six started; 1/2hd, 1 1/4l; 2:56.1, 58.7, 29.1; winning trainer, B Shirley.
Non Winners' Mobile, 2200m _ Outrageous El (K Barclay) 1, Steffi Road 2, I Smart 3; eight started; 1l, 3/4l; 2:48.5, 57.8, 28.9; winning trainer, W McEwan.
F-F-A Mobile, 2200m _ Bettor's Brigadier (S Walkinshaw) 1, Liam Sienna 2, Chief Kapai 3; seven started; 1/2l, 1 1/2l; 2:49.2, 58.1, 28.2; winning trainer, D McLachlan.
- The Southland Times