Justin HamerSMART mare Extreme Cost graduated to open company with a typically gritty win in yesterday’s R.A. Winzenberg Class Six (1200m).
The R.A.Winzenberg was resurrected as a handicap this year, after being run as a weight-for-age race from 1988-2006.
Appropriately it attracted one of the strongest Class Six fields seen in Tasmania recently.
Gee Up, having his first run since a Victorian campaign, led to the turn with Extreme Cost sitting outside him.
Weight told in the straight, with the mare racing away to win by a length for apprentice Justin Hamer.
Gee Up held on for second, and Mattingly ran home nicely for third.
Extreme Cost’s time of 1min 11.83sec was a new track record for the Derwent track (inside track).
Brighton trainer Gary White was thrilled by the win, the four-year- old’s sixth victory in just 14 starts.
“She’s got to open class pretty quickly,” he said.
“She’s a mare with so much tenacity.”
White said the daughter of Snadee would head towards the mares feature races this summer, the $80,000 Bow Mistress (1200) at Elwick on February 9, and the $80,000 Vamos Stakes (1400m) on February 27.
“It is obviously going to be a big ask against the likes of Oceano and Lekitama, but we have no alternative but to keep stepping her up,” he said.
Extreme Cost is raced by John Spink, Peter Campbell, Karen Semmens, and Michelle Langford.
Spink and Semmens are business partners in Winners Circle Stables, the company that built the stables that house Extreme Cost at Brighton.
Extreme Cost was purchased by Spink for just $5000 at the 2005 Armidale Stud Yearling Sale, and has now returned prizemoney of $58,849.
“It has been a great sale for me, because Rhumb Line also came out of it,” White said.
Seven Mile Beach trainer Dave Brunton secured a winning treble yesterday, with promising three- year-olds Maria Isle and Lady Lynette both breaking their maiden status, and Tell Me If scoring a narrow victory in the final event.
Lady Lynette was particularly impressive winning the Three- Year-Old Maiden (1100m) at her racetrack debut by two lengths from Judes in Vogue, who started the $1.90 favourite at her first Tasmanian run following an impressive barrier trial.
Lady Lynette’s win was the first leg of a treble for jockey Stephen Maskiell.
Impressive galloper Forbidden Quest continued his rise for Seven Mile Beach trainer Jason Clifford, winning from a field of just four others in the Hobartown Plate (1400m).
The four-year-old by West Quest has now won seven of his 16 starts.
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