Dalness Xchange gets convincing maiden win
Confidently backed with both the bookies and on the tote, Dalness Xchange started her career on the right note with a convincing win at Timaru yesterday. Able to miss some early trouble, John was able to pozzie up just off the leaders early on. However, when the leader Sioux West went awol at the 1000m, John released the brakes, surging to the lead from the 800m. From that point on the 4yr old Changeover mare had had rivals struggling, going to the line a convincing winner by 1.75 lengths in 2.33.5 for the 2000m stand.
A recent acquisition to the Robert Dunn stable at Woodend, Dalness Xchange was formerly trained by Greg Hope at Woodend and had showed some good trial form leading up to her maiden start. She did as expected with the win and looks the type to go on with it as the spring and summer racing continues.
Dalness Xchange a comfortable first up winner at Timaru yesterday
Two other maidens that had been expected to run well also were Pembrook Harry and Formula One. Pembrook Harry had his chances extinguished early after a messy stand start release in his race, while Formula One was a disappointing 5th after leading to the turn, but then showing little fight in the straight for 5th. Bettor's Power was probably the better of the two stable reps in that race fighting hard after being caught three wide without cover for the last 1000m.
In the days feature race Cullect A Guiness was a very good third after sitting without cover for much of the race. After hitting the lead on the turn he fought hard for his placing. The Royal Garden blew his chances early on and battled home to be a well beaten 8th. The Timaru Cup was won by comeback pacer Locharburn which showed its class winning by 1.25 lengths in a track record 3.15.5 for the 2600m stand.
Article by Mike Drury
Posted: Sun 22 Nov 2015