PENNY PINCHER: Bet A Penny (centre), driven by Neville Webberley, narrowly wins the Diamond Stakes at Devonport last night from Sunshines Glory (inside), driven by Darrin Denny, and Hillbilly Halo (ouHer second foal to race, Bet A Penny, kept up the family’s good record in two-year-old races when he won the $8000 Boag’s Premium Light Diamond Stakes at Devonport last night.
Bet A Penny has now started five times for three wins and two seconds.
His half sister Fetch A Penny also made a flying start to her racing career, winning her first three starts in Hobart in early 2002, including a heat of the rich Cadbury Sweepstakes.
She is now racing in NSW and was a Penrith winner last November.
Bet A Penny and Fetch A Penny were both bred by Mrs Irene Semmens, of Hobart, and were the second and third foals of Penelope Rose.
“The mare’s first foal, which I didn’t breed, died,” Mrs Semmens said. “I’ve also got her fourth foal, a nice filly by Tiger Woods, but I’ve since sold the mare to a friend.”
Bet A Penny is trained at Glenorchy by Mrs Semmens’s husband Bill but she said much of the credit for last night’s win belonged to Reg Davey.
“Bill hasn’t been too well and Reg has been looking after the horse for us,” the owner explained.
Bet A Penny was well driven by leading reinsman Neville Webberley, who pushed through from a second-row draw to grab the one-out, one-back sit.
Webberley moved three wide at the bell and Bet A Penny worked forward to be second, outside favourite Sunshines Glory, leaving the back straight.
The two leaders were then joined by Hillbilly Halo turning for home and three horses went across the line almost together.
¤¤¤ Anthea, a recent addition to the Christian Salter stable at Brighton, led throughout for a strong win in the $8000 Harry Holgate Memorial.
Salter and partner Allison Blackwell recently took out a lease on Anthea and last night’s $5280 winner’s cheque was a handy first collect.
Anthea has won only two of her 30 starts and both have been on the Devonport track when she’s been able to dictate terms in front.
She wasn’t wanted in the betting ring last night, drifting to 14-1, but Salter controlled the race after holding out favourite Supercool at the start.
Supercool was then forced to race in the death and with second favourite Shameless Fella also having a tough run out wide, Anthea was able to kick clear in the straight for a comfortable eight- metre win.
¤¤¤ Rising star Tribesman returned a mile-rate less than a second outside the track record while leading throughout in the Peter Gilligan Free-For-All.
Tribesman rated 2:00.1 for the the 1910m and the record is 1:59.4.
The well-bred four-year-old is the first winner for trainer Adam Emery since he took over the stables of owner Mick Maxfield at East Devonport.
Rated nicely in front by the trainer’s wife, Natalee, Tribesman went to the line unextended to score by five metres from Northern Ruler and Jay Pawlak.
Mountain Glory, back after a successful Melbourne campaign, only struggled into eighth place and didn’t fire on the tight track.
¤¤¤ Stewards questioned trainer- driver Neville Webberley on the performance of Colsta after the highly-rated three-year-old was beaten in the Seaport River Cruise Stakes.
The race was won by 66-1 chance Lucyna, driven by Jason Mackrill, who trailed leader Really Ima Rascal until getting clear at the top of the straight and flashing home.
Colsta (1-2f) worked three wide early to get to the death, then only battled in third place.
Webberley told stewards that Colsta wasn’t suited on the small track and wanted to hang out for most of the race.
However, he said that he was still disappointed with the gelding’s effort, which was well below his best.
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