The second edition of the Tumut Mile has been run and won, and Wagga galloper Bravado Lass, has proven a class above her opposition, winning comfortably in the $15,000 feature event at Tumut Turf Club on Saturday.
Gary Colvin trained the winner that was ridden just behind early leader Intueri by leading hoop Blaike McDougall, before the pair reached the 300m marker, with Bravado Lass then eyeballing the early lamp lighter.
By the 200m post, Bravado Lass was a length in front, and the eight-year-old then exploded away for a comfortable 3.05 lengths win over the Doug Gorrel trained Intueri, while the Dave Blundell prepared, Tickinover, ran a good race at big odds to finish third.
“She won well. We were pretty keen on her and knew she would take some beating,” Colvin said.
“It certainly is nice to get a good win like that, and she has been a good mare to us.”
Colvin praised the efforts of Blaike McDougall, who the stable had lined up for the ride shortly after the initial nominations for the $15,000 were released to the public last Monday.
“We get on pretty good, his manager and I as well, so I won’t annoy him, but I will get in early when I have a good chance,” Colvin said.
“He rode her very confidently, which you need to do at Tumut, or you get left behind, and he knew what needed to happen.”
Funnily enough, Colvin wasn’t on course for the win, and is currently on the Gold Coast, looking for prospective stable stars of the future at the Magic Millions sales.
Still, Colvin was pleased he could watch the races from the comfort of the Sky Racing channel.
“We are up at the sales and we are looking at a couple of prospects,” Colvin said.
“It was good to be able to watch the races, and Tumut came up very good. There was a couple of blokes watching the races with us who complemented the track.”
The Zariz mare is now being set for the Tumbarumba Cup on February 6, with Colvin always aiming to venture across to the popular once-a-year meeting.
“Going to the Tumbarumba Cup is the plan,” Colvin said.
“I have a lot of owners up Tumbarumba way and I like to go up there for the meeting whenever I get the chance.”
Colvin has a good record in Tumbarumba Turf Club’s feature event, winning the Cup with Larrikin Joe in 2012 and again in 2014 with Miss Bemuse.
“I hope she (Bravado Lass) can win it for me, she probably wants a mile but she is a tough mare and she will be suited up there,” Colvin said.
“I’ve won it with Miss Bemuse and Larrikin Joe and would love to win another one.”
Colvin believes these once-a-year cup meetings are integral to the fabric of these communities, which is why he will always attempt to bring a good-sized team.
“It’s just a bloody good social day for the great people up at Tumbarumba,” Colvin said.
“Places like that need these sorts of meetings, especially with everything going on, so it’s great to see them racing and we will be there.”
Local Cup history corner
In the lead up to the time-honoured Tumbarumba Cup on February 6, the The Tumbarumba Times will be delving into the past, pulling our racing titbits from years gone by.
On February 25, 1987, The Times reported that the Tumba Cup meeting had seen some ‘great racing’ despite rain reducing the track rating to slow, and stopping its usual bumper crowd from attending.
The six-race-program ran on February 21, 1987, and was headlined by the 1420m Tumbarumba Cup that was won by the T. Bohr trained, Northern Don, who was ridden by Robbie Collins.
Northern Don was an easy winner too, holding off the Kerry Weir ridden Silver Fancy in second, while a short half head away in third, was November Lee.
On a big day of racing, Robbie Collins and Brett Fliedner rode a double, while local trainers, Bob and Dennis Burgun each trained a winner.
Aura Lad won the Improvers Handicap over the 1000m, with Fliedner booting home the win for Bob, while Kiumba, who had Kerry Weir in the saddle, won the 1420m Improvers Handicap for Dennis.
The meeting reported a lower-than-expected crowd due to the rain, although the racing on the track was as competitive as ever.
“Patrons were not inconvenienced in any way, and they witnessed some of the best racing seen at the track for some time,” the article read.
“There were three races, which had the maximum of eight runners, and while one race had six runners, the other two had five starters.”
17 years earlier, on February 25, 1970, The Tumbarumba Times reported that the Tumbarumba Cup that was run over the mile journey, was won by Ver Hero, who got home by half a length over Castlestone, while Timor Light ran third.
The meeting went ahead on February 21, 1970, and Roy Whitehead of Holbrook trained the winner, which was his second successive Tumba Cup win after Headline won the 1969 edition of the race.
G. Buchanon was in the saddle, and Adelong owner Tom Crain, owned the galloper, explaining his then six-year-old would contest the Holbrook Cup before going on to race over the jumps in Victoria.
“We don’t know yet how good he will be, but we will soon find out,” Mr Crain said at the time.
The Tumbarumba Turf Club reported a big crowd for the meeting that saw ‘patrons come in wave after wave’ to watch the races.