SOHO Eros is blossoming.
The strapping gelding, last season’s Tamworth Harness Racing Club horse of the year, surged to another win at Tamworth Paceway, winning Monday’s Vale Athol Barber (THRC Patron) Pace (1980m) .
The Tony Missen-trained gelding notched his 12th career win when he recorded a 1.25m win from Ken Natty’s Gotta Feeling with Tamworth Cup winner Mister Skye Rocket 2m away third.
Dean Chapple had made a lightning move on race favourite Princess Zara P to go from last to first a lap and half from home but the mare was the first beaten.
Chapple’s move was perfect for Peter Missen and Soho Eros.
“I couldn’t have asked for anything better,” Missen said.
“It was a quality field and a real honour to win this race named in Athol Barber’s honour.
“I was always confident too. We’d run a track record in a trial here the other night.
“Kenny’s horse had gone 1:57.1 and we got beat a head going 1:57.2.
“We’d stepped his work up recently and he seems to have stepped up too.
“He’s had 12 starts here now for six wins, three seconds and three thirds.
“He’s a credit to Tony.
“He’s got him flying and he looks a million dollars.
“He’s been a dream horse for me.
“We might have to think about an M0 at Menangle with him now.”
While Chapple came unstuck with Princess Zara P, the Moonbi trainer-driver also missed out with another hotpot in the following race with Chilli Ice Maiden.
She also dropped out of contention in the last half lap with Queensland pacer, Mister Elegant, spearing away to win the Dean and Julie Chapple Premier Driver and Trainer Pace (1980m) by 12.5m.
Soho Eros also played a part in Bendemeer trainer Len Clement’s double success at Tamworth on Monday.
Clement won the Soho Eros Consistency Horse of the Year Pace with Lifeslittlesecret.
The little mare led all the way to beat the Tony Missen-trained Krauthammer by 3.25m.
“She’s been drawing bad the last four or five meetings,” Clement said.
“Today we took advantage of the draw (mobile one).
“We had to keep her fitness up and wait to draw a good alley.”
Matter Of Taste then made it a running double when he upstaged the favourites to post a good win in the Wests Entertainment Group November 29 Raceday Standing Start Handicap (2350m).
Brett Bates drove both pacers for Clement.
“I love it up here,” he told course interviewer Mark Lowe after Lifeslittlesecret had notched her fifth career win.
“She’s an honest little horse who tries her heart out but just hasn’t had much luck in the draws. Lennie and Christine had her on song today.”
Bates made it a driving double with Matter of Taste and then Cindy and Peter Rippon combined to win with Guny Ganu Grand.
Chapple posted a third driving win of the day when Sissiesmasterpiece won the final race of the day, the Daniel Missen Young Achiever of the Year Pace (1609m).
Tamworth races again on November 11.