HOWES Lil kicked off a big day for Duri trainer Hayden Munn in the first race of a big 10-race Tamworth meeting on Saturday.
The black and white bitch surged to a length and three quarter win in the New England Mutual Maiden (340m).
“She went good today. It’s taken her a while though,” Munn said. “That’s her sixth start for me.”
He’s taken his time with the daughter of Ivan Brown and hopes he might reap the rewards now.
“I took her to Dubbo a couple of weeks ago but she didn’t handle the sand,” he said.
“I gave her two weeks off.”
That little break freshened her right up.
“I’ve got another eight though,” he said after she had won the first race of the day in 20.16secs.
It became a good day the very next race when Hayden’s father Mark won with Ivanhoe and then completed a double when Lethal Ventolin won the Jeff Teege Maiden (402m) .
Bingara owner-trainer David Rose also had a good day, taking home a double when El Sportsmans won the 3rd/4th grade and Sportsman Shiraz the Thank You Mikeloren Patisserie 4th/5th Grade.
Mark Craig also continued his successful run when Fishaholic won the feature race, the Mikeloren Patisserie Sprint Series Final (457m) with Fishaholic.
The black dog had won his heat the week before on a day where Craig had trained a treble.
On Saturday, Fishaholic blew the start from his one box.
“He walked out of the box,” Craig said.
However he made up for it by spearing through to take control on straightening for home and racing away to a length win from Stephen Howarth’s Made To Power.
“It was a good win for the boys,” Craig said of owners Jamie Walden, John and Kevin Russell and Glen Dykes.
“We paid very little for him but got him going good now.
“He’s one of those dogs who are good for the game.
“He attracts people to the races.”