UNBEATEN youngster Grand Tycoon produced the best performance of his career so far when he overcame a delayed start and then mid-race pressure before winning the $30,000 Shaw Alfa Bowl at Mowbray last night.
Grand Tycoon took his record to four wins and is now on target for the $100,000 Elwick Stakes on February 3 and possibly the $100,000 Gold Sovereign Stakes at Mowbray on February 27.
``He appears to have the wood on the locals and well look at those races but be mindful that when he's had enough he will go to the paddock,'' trainer Barry Campbell said.
Campbell was impressed with last night's one length win after Grand Tycoon stood in the barrier stalls for six minutes while one horse was vetted and another was a late scratching after dumping his rider.
Grand Tycoon ($1.40 fav) jumped in front but shortly after the start was pressured by Gee Gees Style and then One More Red before pulling clear in the home straight.
``To win four out of four is a good effort and I would rate him up there with the two-year-olds I've trained,'' he said.
Campbell prepares the youngster for North-West owners Charlie and Wendy Langmaid.
``It is an honour in itself to win a race named after Alfa,'' Langmaid said.
Alfa was also prepared by Campbell during his two-year-old season in 1995 and was unbeaten in six Tasmanian starts.
Race sponsor Alwyn Shaw said it gave him a thrill that Grand Tycoon was foaled at his Aceland Stud at Whitemore before being offered at the 2012 Magic Millions yearling sale.
Memorial to Carr
BRIGHTON apprentice Sigrid Carr added her name to the Craig Hanson Memorial honour roll when she guided Arties Spur home.
It is the 30th anniversary of Hanson's death in a fall at Mowbray and the race named after him is keenly sought by jockeys.
Carr has only been riding a few months and she took her record of wins to 12 last night.
Arties Spur ($6.20) is trained at Brighton by Stephen Lockhart who said Carr's 3kg allowance definitely helped.
He trains Arties Spur for Dudley Clark, of Woodrieve Stud, and said the win will be a tonic for him as he is suffering from ill health at the moment.
Snell trains a winner
FORMER jockey Jodi Snell celebrated her first winner as a trainer when favourite Cuprona Road took out the opening race at Mowbray.
Snell, who rode for most of her career under her maiden name Borrett, retired from the saddle four years ago to begin a family and later took out her trainers licence.
``This is a big thrill although I would prefer riding to training,'' the 37-year-old said.
Cuprona Road ($3.40 fav) was able to take the lead on the home turn after crossing from a wide barrier and although getting a little tired near the line held on to beat My Grey Horse ($4.00) and She's A Monet ($3.60) in the Supervobis Maiden Plate (1200m).
Snell said the win carried extra significance as her husband Simon had broken in the gelding and her father Keith shared in the ownership.
Cuprona Road had put the writing on the wall with a first-up second to promising galloper Ollies Gold at Elwick on December 22.
During her riding career Snell was in the top bracket of jockeys in Tasmania and formed a good partnership with John Blacker who is now training in Victoria. Snell retired with 380 wins.
Three on the trot
PROMISING three-year-old Streetwise Savoire made it three wins on the trot and and equalled the 1100m track record to boot when he scored in the Charlie Blyth Memorial Handicap.
After appearing under pressure approaching the home turn Streetwise Savoire ($1.80 fav) moved up a gear in the straight to go on and win by three lengths over early leader Little River Girl ($2.30) and Daunting Dancer ($9).
Savoire Vivre was coming off wins at Elwick on November 25 and Mowbray on December 12 and his time of 1:04.18 matched the record of Galibier set in October last year.
Streetwise Savoire is a stablemate of Galibier and trainer Scott Brunton is predicting a bright future for him.