Mare’s problems could mean first Aussie win leads to the paddock

DONNA Its Bella might have had her last race start at Tamworth Paceway yesterday.

The Clayton Harmey-trained and driven mare raced away with the Australian Training & Consulting Pace (1980m) winning by 9m from Melton Marvel.

The former Kiwi pacer rated 2:02.9 to notch her first Australian win but it might have been her last.

“She’s not much chop,” Harmey told on-course THRC interviewer Mark Lowe.

“She’s got a lot of problems we didn’t know about.”

The Millers Forest trainer/driver said the daughter of Washington VC hits herself when she races wide of the rails and thinks her owner might retire her now she’s notched a win.

While Harmey and his owners might have paid plenty for the mare and found a world of problems, the story was far different for the Weidemann sisters, Lola and Julie, who swooped on yesterday’s $6000 Tamworth Sapling Stakes (1609m) with Chumlee.

The Clifton trainers had been given the gelding to train after the previous trainer had reckoned he was no good, Lola Weidemann said following Chumlee’s 14m win from Rainbow Sue with another 10m to the winner’s stablemate, grey Ghost Gum.

THRC chairman Terry Browne and his club elected to run a late two-year-old race and were delighted to finish with an 11-strong field.

“We love to see people race their young horses,” Terry Browne told spectators after the race.

“It was a good competitive race and we congratulate the Weidemann stable for producing such a lovely horse.”

Lola Weidemann said the first day the juvenile was sent to her and her sister she knew he could run.

“The first day I put him in the gig I knew he was good,” she said.

“He’s been real good so far and will make a nice horse as a three-year-old.”