Victorian trainers sending more horses to Tasmania

CLOSE CALL: Five horses were stretched across the track at the finish of the sixth race at Spreyton on Sunday. Magwitch (No. 2) dead-heated with Robbo The Bold (orange colours). Picture: Greg Mansfield

CLOSE CALL: Five horses were stretched across the track at the finish of the sixth race at Spreyton on Sunday. Magwitch (No. 2) dead-heated with Robbo The Bold (orange colours). Picture: Greg Mansfield

Colac-based trainer Glenn Thornton is considering sending more horses to Tasmania to take advantage of the synthetic track at Spreyton.

Thornton recently transferred Life Of Waldo and Magwitch to Campania training partners Imogen Miller and Chris Crook and both won on the Tapeta surface on Sunday.

Cranbourne trainer Mark Webb is also looking to increase his Tasmanian involvement.

He has already sent several horses to Spreyton trainer Vern Poke including Sunday’s first-up maiden winner Husson Park.

Thornton always expected Life Of Waldo to be suited on the synthetic track.

“He’s good out of the gates and races on the speed,” Thornton said after the five-year-old’s gutsy win in the Class 2 Handicap.

“He doesn’t have great ability but he tries his heart out.

“We’ll look at running him again in whatever suitable races are coming up here in the next few weeks.

 “Magwitch has been extremely disappointing but, like Life Of Waldo, we thought he was on his limit in Melbourne.

“We sent them both here thinking that, if they could be competitive, it would be a worthwhile exercise.

“And it would give us a guide to whether we can target Tasmania with some other horses.”

Life Of Waldo and Magwitch, who dead-heated with fellow Victorian Robbo The Bold in the Benchmark 64 Handicap, were both ridden by Thornton’s daughter Stephanie.

Robbo The Bold’s Mornington trainer Kelvin Southey regularly brings the gelding to Devonport where he has now won three races.

There are another six meetings at Spreyton before racing returns to the state’s turf tracks.

EASING FAVOURITE

Bookmakers are prepared to risk in-form stayer Vrontios in the state final of the National Distance Championship in Launceston on Thursday night.

Despite winning his heat by eight lengths in a personal best time of 42.56 seconds, Vrontios has eased from $1.70 to $2 in the Sportsbet market.

The other heat winner Eketahuna and Wynburn Lucifer have both firmed from $6.50 to $5.50.

Buckle Up Rose just shades Two Bills in an open market on the sprint final.

SPRINT: 3.30 Buckle Up Rose; 3.70 Two Bills; 5.00 Dooper; 6.00 Amo Bailar; 7.00 Apollo Blue; 7.50 Gold Lenny; 20.00 Jack’s Missile; 31.00 Cashmeera.

DISTANCE: 2.00 Vrontios; 4.40 Bobby Bound; 5.50 Eketahuna, Wynburn Lucifer; 8.00 Country Shadow; 34 Rockii De Kahn; 51 Tom Tom Drum; 67 Kao De Kahn.