NOW the Australians know what we are on about. THEFIXER swamped the leaders late including CRUZ BROMAC to win the Ballarat Cup for the fourth successive year for All Stars, the earlier ones being Highview Tommy, and then in a row, Smolda twice, Heaven Rocks and Thefixer.
ALL FIVE OF THE WINNERS HAVE FEATURED PHIL AND GLENYS KENNARD IN THE OWNERSHIP
Thefixer was outsprinted by Cruz Bromac with his impressive gate speed and settled in the trail. Mark then proceeded to walk the field after an opening section in 1.22.1 the next 800m took over 1.02 before some of the backrunners realised what was happening. Thefixer was bottled up at the turn and well down the straight before he could work clear the runnerup clinging bravely to Cruz Bromac and Mark sitting pretty with something still in the tank. Natalie needed all her skills to get Thefixer out then balance him and flash home in a fast run final section. The last 400m was run in 27. though the overall mile rate was nearly three seconds outside that recorded by Heaven Rocks last year. Two years ago Smolda ran a 1.54.8 mile rate. Thefixer’s overall time was 3.19.3 for the 2710m.
But as Natalie said in her preview “he has class, we know how good he is”
She noted after the race that while Thefixer is more noted as a stayer as a result of his New Zealand Cup win his brilliance is understated.
“People probably don’t think of him that way but he has quick speed as well as she showed tonight”
Indeed. Now for the Hunter Cup
Another Masterpiece, the first leg of what his ownership syndicate hoped would be a notable evening double (or in Phil and Glenys’s case a treble) -AS IT WAS=- had an ideal leadup to next week’s Victorian Derby final with his comfortable heat win Saturday. He used his speed to hold the front but handed up fairly readily when the Tritton runner challenged going out of the straight and trailed for almost a lap until moves came from the back. Natalie was content to sit parked until sprinting home in 27.7 to win with something in hand.
Nobody doubted that SPANKEM would beat a lower class field but he had a strong hitout running home in two better than 28 400m sectionals. It will be a bit harder next week in the Bonanza but he will be sharper for that run