COBLA Tee Dee copped the ideal trail to run away with the Vale Keith “Chicka” Charlwood Pace (1609m) at Tamworth Paceway yesterday.
The rangy three-year-old gelding recorded a 5m win for trainer/driver Dean Chapple from My Red Ruby (Peter Hedges), with Cammys Star (Lola Weidemann) 1.5m away third.
It was Cobla Tee Dee’s second race start after debuting with a neck loss to Justanother at Tamworth earlier this month.
“He goes all right,” Chapple said after the race.
“He doesn’t know what he’s doing yet. When he does, he’ll be right.
“He’s only had the two starts – you couldn’t ask for much more.
“He might have a break now. There’s a nice race for him here in January, hopefully.”
He was alluding to the Golden Guitar.
Chapple trains the son of Armbro Operative for Werris Creek newsagent Trevor Leonard.
Leonard bred Cobla Tee Dee.
“He’s out of the old mare (Dance With Abandon).
“He’s the next one along from Cobla Mickaroy and Cobla Stuie,” Leonard said.
“The three of them have now won 29 races between them.
“He’s just taken a little bit of time.
“I did have him down home but he was alone and learning nothing by his own so I sent him to Dean and he put him in with other horses.
“He’s improved a lot but will be much better next prep.
“He’s still growing.
“Dean said he lays down all the time.”
Leonard has high hopes for the three-year-old.
“Mickaroy was the best, Stuie went all right but this bloke is going to be a handy horse when he learns what it’s all about,” he said.
Meanwhile, Itsa History Maker made a little history for Tamworth owner-trainer Ernie Mabbott yesterday.
It wasn’t the fact the former Kiwi pacer won first up in Australia at Tamworth Paceway or that he was the second leg of a driving double for Chapple.
“He’s the first horse I’ve ever put my wife, Ursula, in,” Mabbott said after Itsa History Maker had raced away to a 7.75m win from Confessionoficeman in the Vale Dick Osborn Pace (1609m) .
“I had a few boys in a syndicate but I decided to keep him myself with Ursula.
“He’s a nice little horse.
“My mate from New Zealand just rang.
“He bought him for me. Found him for me, sussed him out.
“He’s only lightly raced.”
Itsa History Maker had three unplaced runs in NZ before heading across the Tasman to Tamworth and might be headed to Menangle now.
“There’s no rush with him though,” Mabbott said.
“I might take him to a Menangle heat – just see what happens.
“But I’m very happy with him.”
Chapple was also delighted to have won the race named in honour of the late Dick Osborn.
“He was one of my idols growing up,” Chapple said.
“Just a champion bloke.”