Moving Money (Clare Lindop) wins the Tasmanian Guineas at Mowbray last night. Picture: BILL HAYESTHE South Australian partnership of Leon Macdonald and Clare Lindop made another successful raid when they won the $90,000 Tasmanian Guineas at Mowbray last night.
Their in-form three-year-old Moving Money led all the way to hold off local hopes Barysh Quest and Anelene.
Macdonald and Lindop are no strangers to Mowbray, having combined to win the Launceston Cup with Dakasha in 2005, and the trainer has also been successful with Umrum and Almost Never on previous visits.
“It’s good when a plan comes off and I want to thank Clare for a terrific ride,” Macdonald said.
The trainer said he had been convinced to come to Tasmania after Moving Money had won over 1250 metres at Morphettville carrying 58 kilograms.
“I thought he would be well suited coming to a race with set weights,” he said.
Macdonald said he would wait a few days before deciding on the future for Moving Money, but it was likely he would return home to South Australia for a break.
Lindop said that while Moving Money ($4.50) had only a head to spare over fast-finishing Barysh Quest ($11.20), she had always felt confident of victory.
Anelene ($3.70 favourite) made up good ground to finish a neck away third after being midfield in the early stages.
Lindop had the satisfaction of having her parents watching the race from the grandstand.
“They live near Hobart and made the trip up to watch,” she said.
Luckless filly Oxys Angel will now be aimed at some of the feature races over the Launceston Cup carnival after breaking her duck last night.
The three-year-old filly had been placed five times without winning before running in the Ron Evans Memorial Maiden-Class 1 Plate (1600m).
Oxys Angel is trained at Brighton by Terry Evans, who indicated the $30,000 Thousand Guineas on February 1 and the $100,000 Tasmanian Oaks were on the horizon for her.
Evans had considered running Oxys Angel in the $90,000 Betfair Tasmanian Guineas, but then decided a restricted race would be easier to win.
Evans said he was delighted to win a race named in honour of Hall of Fame jockey Ron Evans.
“When I was growing up I rode trackwork at Mowbray alongside Ron, Fred Riley and Kerry Bird,” he said.
Oxys Angel had Shuji Amano back in the saddle last night and he took a rails run before dashing to the lead 100m from home.
“Hopefully this will be the start of some big wins for her,” he said.
WINKERS A WINNER
A subtle change of gear helped promising three-year-old Miswaki Call break through for his first win in the Jack Chambers Maiden Plate (1200m).
Longford trainer Troy Blacker explained that Miswaki Call had lacked confidence in his previous races and had originally tried blinkers to help the gelding do his best.
“I then decided to put winkers on instead and it seems to have worked,” he said.
Miswaki Call ($10.10) led all the way to hold off the fast-finishing Scoville ($2.70 favourite) by a length and Blacker is now eyeing a couple of three-year-old races for him over the Launceston Cup carnival.
Miswaki Call went through the 2010 Magic Millions Yearling Sales and after being passed in was sold at a secondary sale.
Blacker bought the son of Tough Speed for $7000 and the gelding is now raced by former Spreyton trainer Michael Sims and his wife Sally-Anne.
Sims is a builder by trade and said he found it difficult to combine his business with training horses and instead looked to Blacker to prepare Miswaki Call.
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