Ascot Park workouts

07:34, Sep 28 2013
Bettor's Brigadier and Doug McLachlan
LOOKING GOOD: Bettor's Brigadier and trainer Doug McLachlan after the entire's win at the Ascot Park workouts today.

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.

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``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.   

Results:

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