I guarantee you he would be highly competitive.
Tasmanian thoroughbred breeding enjoyed one of its most successful days in Melbourne when Palentino and Hellova Street claimed feature-race wins at Flemington on Saturday.
The Darren Weir-trained Palentino won the group 2 $200,000 Blamey Stakes and Hellova Street, prepared by Tasmania’s leading trainer Scott Brunton, won the listed $120,000 Goodwood March Stakes.
Palentino was bred by Jenny Watson’s Macleay Thoroughbred Stud at Westwood and was bought by Weir for $85,000 at the 2014 Tasmanian yearling sale.
The son of Teofilo is already a dual group 1 winner and is considered a valuable stallion prospect.
However Weir said he was under no pressure from the owners to retire Palentino at this stage of his career.
Hellova Street, by former Armidale Stud stallion Helike, was bred by Larry and Melinda Lamont, Alan Virieux and “Salty” Saltmarsh and is raced in similar interests.
He was coming off a listed race double in the Thomas Lyons and Mowbray Stakes over the Tasmanian summer carnival.
Queensland racing officials are keen to get Hellova Street to Brisbane for their winter carnival.
A spokesman said connections would have plenty of suitable targets to choose from as there were four $100,000 races over 1600m at Doomben and Eagle Farm.
“I guarantee you he would be highly competitive,” the spokesman said.
VICTORIAN filly Shartin made a one-act affair of the $30,000 Tasmanian Oaks at Sunday night’s Hobart harness meeting.
After settling at the rear of a small field, driver Chris Alford went from last to first with 1-1/2 laps to go and the race was as good as over.
The Dean Braun-trained $1.30 favourite went on to win easily from top local fillies El Jays Mystery and Playing Arkabella.
It was the fourth time that Alford has won the premier Tasmanian fillies’ classic, following on from Concorde Lombo in 1997, Itz Nosurprisesthere in 2013 and Dancingwithsierra last year.
Alford said that Shartin was “still a bit green but feels like she has a good motor.”
Pachacuti again proved too good for the state’s best free-for-all horses in the $10,000 Governors Cup.
The heats of the Light Harness Cup were won by the well-backed Significance (Nick Brockman) and $41 outsider Cemento Rapido (Duncan Dornauf).