Driver Mark Yole predicted a bright future for lightly-raced four-year-old Sea Double Ugrant after his strong win in the $12,000 Harry Holgate Memorial final at Mowbray on Sunday night.
Sea Double UGrant moved three wide, with a trail, at the bell and sustained a long run to wear down pacemarker Koolaz Elvis, with El Jays Mystery running on for third after trailing the leader.
Yole said that the Peter Dornauf-trained gelding was “a nice horse and I won’t be surprised if he goes right through the grades.
“I knew that he could do that of sort work so I wasn’t shy to pull him out.”
Yole said that the winning margin of about a metre may have been greater but Sea Double Ugrant “switched off a bit when he hit the front.
“He’s still learning and is very green but he did it pretty comfortably,” the driver said.
PADABING Stride continued his good form for new trainer Dylan Ford with a tough win in the C5/C9 Pace.
The eight-year-old had to make a long, wide run to edge out favourite Followthewind in a photo-finish.
“He’s had to do it tough his last two or three runs but he sticks at it and tries very hard,” Ford said.
The trainer bought Padabing Stride out of a claiming race for “a couple of blokes from the Glenorchy Football Club.
“We had our eye on him when his price was $6000 and when it dropped to $4000 we swooped,” the trainer said.
“They’ve well and truly got their money back already.”
BLACK Centurian led all the way for his first win in almost 11 months in the Launceston Discretionary.