October 18, 2021 Michael Court
THE domination of the Jarrod Alchin stable in the two-year-old divisions of the New South Wales Breeders Challenge continued at Tabcorp Park Menangle on Saturday night with his star youngsters winning three of the four semi-finals.
Alchin, who combined with Cameron Hart to steal the show, did not have a runner in the remaining semi-final for the fillies, which was taken out by Victorian visitor Captains Queen for Russell Jack and Brad Hewitt.
My Ultimate Ronnie upstaged odds-on favourite Smaltese to take out the first of the Colts and Geldings Breeders Challenge semi-finals, posting 1.50.4, which was an Australasian record.
Smaltese’s trainer, driver Brian Portelli set a sizzling pace in front, putting the first half behind him in a 55.3 seconds.
My Ultimate Ronnie had the sitting shot on Smaltese and cruised on by halfway up the lane.
My Ultimate Byron gave the powerhouse Tumby Park ownership a winning double when he led throughout in the second of the colts and geldings semi-finals.
Hart was able to give him a breather through the second quarter and although he had to get busy when runner up Duggee Sloy challenged halfway up the lane, My Ultimate Byron pulled out plenty and got away again near the line.
Just one race later Alchin and Hart were at it again when the Bling It On-bred filly Madrid enjoyed a comfortable lead time and then zipped home in a 54.7s last half, which was a tick faster than the open-class horses posted.
Bathurst filly Silk Cloud and the David Thorn-trained Miss Ex made a race of it and got close to Madrid while the rest of the field struggled to stay in touch.
Cam Hart took his season tally to 148 winners in the gig as earlier in the night he also won aboard Rocknlachlan for Jason Grimson and owners Geoff and Matt Harding.
Hart appears likely to add to his impressive tally at Bankstown this afternoon where he will drive in six of the seven races on the program.
His best chance to strike comes up in Race 6 when he partners Ideal Fantasy, who has been racing consistently without winning.
On a well-balanced program Je Taime (Race 2) and Te Quiro (Race 3) will each start at short odds and should be hard to hold out.
– MICK DUMESNY