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15 January 2020
Balmoral breeder-owner-trainer Janet Exell’s ‘bad boy, come good’ Show Me The Moolah, took out Sunday’s $7000 Barker Trotters Handicap at Hamilton’s cup meeting.
The five-year-old bay gelding has rarely brought his best behaviour to the races, but a confidence-boosting third placing at Mt Gambier less than a week earlier set the foundation for another ‘safe beginning and trotting the whole race’ at Hamilton.
Exell knew Show Me The Moolah had more ability than his well mannered stablemate Keep The Dream, but must have come close to thinking that she’d never win a race with the wayward son of Allawart Ray until that faultless display at Mt Gambier.
However, most punters at Hamilton doubted that Show Me The Moolah could repeat the effort and at post time there was plenty of 40-1 odds on offer.
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Driver David Drury quickly had his charge into its gait when the tapes were released and Show Me The Moolah worked to the lead as they passed the winning post with two laps to go.
Those who’d supported the 30-metre backmaker and short-priced favourite Dublin Chub, Kerryn Manning, lost their money early on, when the smart three-year-old broke stride seemingly for no reason, just 600 metres into the contest.
In doing so, Dublin Chub also checked the second elect Dicko Dixon and the pair tailed the field some 100 metres astern of the leaders.
The name of the game is to trot and so all honours were with the winner.
Show Me The Moolah never missed a beat throughout the 2160-metre journey and dashed home in 58.1 seconds to score by 10.8 metres from The Summer Cat, Denbeigh Wade, with Aballofmuscle, Michael Bellman, a similar margin away in third place.
The Aaron Dunn team has enjoyed a great run of late, and five-year-old bay mare Marjorie Jean continued the streak with a strong sprint to the finish line at Hamilton to capture the $7000 Grand Central Hotel Pace.
Marjorie Jean joined the Dunn stable back in September, with trainer Owen Martin out of action after surgery.
Owner Steve West has been a regular visitor to the winner’s circle since then.
Marjorie Jean has really blossomed as a racehorse over the past 18 months.
With just a single victory to her credit from her first 30-odd starts, the mare now boasts a record of 11 wins and 11 minor placings from 71 starts and a bank of $65,500.
Driver Jackie Barker has forged a wonderful association with Marjorie Jean as pilot in her past six wins and hopefully the combo can pick up a mares race at Melton over the summer.
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