Clarry Conners believes he has a future black type winner in his stable in Fanning which had to be used up at both end before going on to score an impressive win in the Doylo Smokehouse Benchnmark 65 (1000m) at Wyong on Thursday.
Fanning was having his first run since winning his maiden at Gosford in early October but still ran fast time to win by a length in what was “hot” field.
“He is a nice horse, a future black type horse,” Conners said.
“Had had to have that time off after he cut his leg while I was swimming him.
“It’s all fine now but I am not allowed to swim him anymore.
“We were laughing about it the other day.
“His name is Fanning, Mick Fanning is the world class surfer and he (the horse) can’t go in the water.
“I am in no hurry to take him to town.
“I will let him win a few more of these easier races first before we step him up in company.”
Christian Reith also believes that Fanning has a big future and wants to maintain his association with the horse.
“I had to make him work to get across early then he had to do it again at the finish but he was tough,” Reith said.
Conners made it a double in the following race, the Wyong Magic Millions Raceday Dec 22 – Book Now Benchmark 60 (1350m) when Bodalay led all the way for apprentice Deanne Panya.
“At her last start she got run down over 1400 metres so I decided to bring her back to 1350 metres and bring her up here because it’s always a nice surface with a bit of give,” Conners said.
“She got a couple of kilos allowance because she is a mare and I thought would put the girl on because she rides front runners well and she has a claim.
“While she is no world beater but she is a lovely mare and she has paid her way.”
Bodalay held on to win by three quarters of a length from the fast finishing favourite Little Miss Brown.
The Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott trained Arbeitsam had to dig deep at his first run back from a spell and his second race start to win the WRC $30 Mid Year Membership Join Now Three Year Old Maiden (1200m) for Tim Clark.
Arbeistsam stuck his head out the line to win by a short half head from Good Time Charlie (Jay Ford) with Clark telling the large number of Dynamic Syndications members that the horse was still learning his craft.
“He did a few things wrong but to his credit he stuck his head out when he needed to,” Clark said.
Syndicator Dean Watt said the horse had always shown a lot of ability.
“That was a good effort first up and but we have always believed he will be better when he gets to seven furlongs (1400m) or even a mile (1600m)” Watt said.
“The important thing is that he has a great group of owners, they have a winner and all have a picture to put on their walls.”
While Arbeistsam cost the syndicate $120,000 at last year’s Gold Coast Magic Million sale Second Step, bought for just $1500 at last year’s Scone sale, was even more impressive in winning the WWW.TAB.COM.AU Maiden (1000m) for Warwick Farm trainer John Steinmetz and jockey Paul King.
She had to overcome interference on the turn and a run that closed on her before bullocking her way clear then unleashing a powerful sprint to win by two lengths and run a fast last 600 metres.
“I went up to the sale to buy a relation to Bracko Mick,” Steinmetz said.
“It was catalogued towards the end of the sale and because we all flew up on the one plane I had to stay there the whole day.
“I was wandering around looking at horses, filling in time and I saw this filly.
“I had no intention of buying another horse but I have always liked the sire (Keep The Faith) and she is well bred on the dam’s side.
“If I had got into the ring five seconds earlier I would have got her for $500.
“As it was five seconds later she was knocked down to me.
“That had to be the quickest sale ever at an auction.
“I put her away and gave her a long time to mature and develop and she has grown into a nice filly.”
Second Step ran third at Gosford on debut when leading but in this race King was able to get her to settle back in fourth place on the fence from her inside gate before she hit the line strongly.
A smart ride by Tommy Berry on the big filly Just Dreaming set her on the first step towards recouping her purchase price of $450,000 when she showed a turn of foot that surprised trainer Kris Lees to win the Great Northern On Tap at WRC Maiden (1350m).
Berry let her cruise in front then gave her more rein on the turn and she bounded away to win by three lengths untouched.
“I was afraid I might have let her go too soon but she was strong,” Berry said.
Lees was impressed with the win.
“She really had no exposed form but I didn’t think she could sprint like that,” Lees said.
The Snitzel filly had only had one previous start when fourth at Newcastle earlier in the month and is raced by long time clients of the stable Ron and Judy Wanless.
“As you can see she is a big filly and needed plenty of time so I put her away to let her develop and strengthen up,” Lees said.
“She is still a preparation away and on her build you would have to think she will get over more ground.”
Lees was back at the winner’s circle for a double and a double also for the Wanless family when Brenton Avdulla had to find his way through traffic on the turn to win the Sorensen Real Estate Maiden (1600m) on Calypso Bay.
“This horse is a work in progress and it was a pretty plain race but he is getting better with each run and it is nice to win a maiden with him,” Lees said.
“On his pedigree he should get further.
“It also nice to get a double for Ron and Judy.
“They are my biggest individual clients.”
Avdulla let him drop out to last early from his wide barrier and gradually edged forward as he found runs only to get caught up in traffic coming to the turn.
“Luckily a run came and I was able to get out and chase the leader (My Miss Pedrille) but I was confident we would run her down,” Avdulla said.
Anther daring ride from Berry and another winner when he took off mid race on I’m Bulletproof to win the Huckel Excavations Benchmark 60 (1600m) for Greg Hickman.
A large group of owners and friends of the owners celebrated for several minutes after the win but Hickman could not join them.
He had left the track a short time beforehand to head to Brisbane where he has Private Secretary running in the Listed Colin McAlpine Memorial Classic (1200m) on Saturday.
“MY horse was slowly away so I was happy to let him drop out to last early then move forward,” Berry said.
“They started to walk and my bloke was tugging for more rein and I knew if I tried to keep him back there he would keep tugging.
“Greg told me he was fit and well so I let go up to the lead and he got into a nice rhythm.”
Berry shot the horse away on the turn then held off a late challenge from Sworn To Silence to win by a long neck.
Mark Newnham and Josh Parr are starting to develop a good combination and it became two runners for two winners for the pair when Anisha stormed home to win the Snap Fitness Class One (1200m).
The mare was having her first start from a spell and her second preparation for Newnham with the trainer and jockey adopting a different tactic with her.
“She used to lead but we have been teaching her to get back and settle in her races,” Newnham said.
“That is the best sprint she has produced so far and her best win on a dry track.
“I am really pleased to see her win for Mark Towers and his family.
“They have been with me since the day I started training.”
Parr said Anisha had hit a flat spot at the 600 metres.
“Mark warned me she can do that and she seemed to resent horses on her inside,” he said.
“Once I was able to get her into clear ground and interested in the race she really responded.”
Anisha went on to win by three quarters of a length from the favourite Banuelo which missed the kick, was gradually taken forward by Tim Clark and raced to the lead along the fence only to be swamped by the winner.