Off N Gone impressive in taking a weekend double
A stylish winner on Friday in her first attempt at the stand start, Off N Gone was back to the mobile today but up in class following that impressive win.. In the end, wide draw and all today, she was much too good over the mile trip for driver Tim Williams, recording a new track record for a three year old filly in the process.
Out of the good racemare Kabet, Off N Gone is a half sister by Somebeachsomewhere to race winners Take A Bet - 6 starts, 3 wins and Above N Beyond - 22 starts, 3 wins. All three have been bred by and are raced by owners Brent Willliams and Gary Woodham, who are joined in the ownership by wives Suzanne Williams and Keri Woodham. The Williams' are the parents of race-winning driver Tim Williams.
Today's win was the 4th from just ten starts for what appears to be a very promising filly. A winner over the 2400m from the stand on day one, Off N Gone reverted to the mile trip today, where she was obliged to come from the outside barrier. Driven forward with confidence early by Tim, Off N Gone took her time before landing the parked position, but almost immediately was handed the perfect trip in the one-one after Boom came forward to take the breeze inside the 800m. While a strong tempo was being set up front by pacemaker Silk, Off N Gone always looked to be travelling well. When the swoopers began to make their runs at the 400m, Williams pushed out three wide with his run. While the parked horse Boom travelled well, Off N Gone had his match at the 100m, eventually going on to a convincing half length victory in 1.57.3. Stablemate and favourite Anamajor finished a close-up 5th after getting pushed very wide with her run turning in.
Off N Gone is too good over the mile recording win four from just ten starts
The other winning run on day two was by the very promising trotter Desbois. An early break as favourite proved terminal to his chances on day one and saw a request to start from the unruly today, something that paid immediate dividends, for the three year old Father Patrick gelding.
The first foal to race out of the smart filly Hot Pants, Desbois comes from a great family with her 2nd and 3rd dams the smart trotting mares Dutch Annie and Miss Whiplash. Such was the nature of today's winning performance, he looks to have inherited much of the family's ability with a big one and a half length victory after getting well back early.
On the journey safely, but slowly early, Desbois was conceding the leaders a conservative 12-13 lengths with a lap to run. Asked to go forward with his run three wide inside the 800m, he breasted up three wide outside leader Ilsas Son and parked runner Samanthas Moon at the 400m. Driven confidently by John, Desbois joined Samanthas Moon in front at the 200m, before going away to a comfortable victory, with the promise of more to come for his big band of owners.
Desbois makes ammends for a first day miss with a stylish win at start two
The wins of Debois and Off N Gone (2) combined with that of Ned Kelly on day one gave Diamond Racing four winners over the two days, taking the tally to 65 wins already for the season, with still six and a half months in the season remaining.
There were a further two placings this afernoon, with Jagara a much improved 2nd in Race One and Spellbound an impressive 2nd in the day's feature after leading, her placed time of 1.51.9, one of the fastest recorded by a mare in New Zealand. In the end, as brave as she was, it was favourite Laver, making up for a first day error when favourite that was quite impressive when grinding out a neck victory, after sitting parked outside the mare for driver Blair Orange.
For John, it was a much better day also with the two winners, after driving Five Wise Men for the in-laws the Edmonds. That takes John to 63 wins for the season. He sits in second place in the Drivers Premiership, albeit 42 wins adrift of runaway leader Blair Orange.
Photo: Emily Morgan
Posted: Sun 10 Jan 2021