PEPPERMINT Patty exploded from back in the field to run down favourite Tokelau and win Friday’s opening race on the eight-race Tamworth TAB program while stablemate Subtle Winner made it a perfect day for Scone trainer Brett Cavanough.
Scone-trained Peppermint Patty was having her third start and responded to Grant Buckley’s urgings perfectly to beat the Kris Lees-prepared Tokelau by a half length in the Carlton Mid Maiden Plate (1000 metres)
Rod Northam’s The Debater was a short neck away third. “Tubba [Tony] Williams sent him to us to win a maiden with her and then go to stud,” Cavanough said. “They went hard up front and had her off the bit but she got the job done.”
It was a good effort by the daughter of Denman and one Cavanough hopes will precede a similar effort from Another Sin in Saturday’s Highway Handicap at Rosehill Gardens.
Cavanough has high hopes for the unraced three-year-old gelding son of Duporth, who is coming off a barrier trial win at Scone.
“He’s a nice horse,” Cavanough said. “They’ve backed him from $14 into $4.60.”
Cavanough is yet to win a Highway Handicap.
“Run something like six seconds,” he said, while also advising a service fee to Duporth has been donated to the Darren Jones Family Appeal night at Tamworth Jockey Club on August 24.
Duporth stands at $7700 at Kooringal Stud, Wagga Wagga. It is one of many donations for a big night being run in aid of the family of Jones, who was killed in a race fall at Warialda in April.
In race two on Friday, Subtle Winner made it a running double for the Cavanough stable when the seven-year-old daughter of Casino Prince won the Tamworth City Toyota Maiden Handicap (1400m).
She was having her ninth race start and broke through in determined fashion, securing a length-and-three-quarter win from Whiskey Apple, with Schmizo another length away third.
“You are earning your money today,” Cavanough told Grant Buckley as he dismounted from Subtle Miss after he had set the mare alight from the 700m in similar fashion to Peppermint Patty.