Tamworth harness racing: Lola Weidemann wins at Tamworth with Too Good For You

NAME APPROPRIATE: Too Good For You, with Lola Weidemann in the gig, after the win at Tamworth. Photo: PeterMac Photography
NAME APPROPRIATE: Too Good For You, with Lola Weidemann in the gig, after the win at Tamworth. Photo: PeterMac Photography

The Weidemann stables picked up where they left off last season with a winner in the opening event at the Tamworth meeting on Thursday afternoon.

“It was good – it’s always good to win a race. It doesn’t have to be a particular race, just a race,” said Lola Weidemann on returning to scale.

Too Good For You bounced out of the one barrier and led throughout the running of the TAB.Com.Au Lordship Pace, to win by 1.3 metres over Keyang Sponge Bob (Brad Elder), with Eurasian Muscle (Mitch Faulkner) another 21.8m away in third.

“He is starting to put it together. So where he goes or what he will be, we don’t know as yet,” Weidemann said.

Too Good For You rated well out in front. The four-year-old gelding covered the 1980m in quarters of 31.7 seconds, 30.9sec, 28.4sec and 28.3sec for a mile rate of 1min 59.5sec.

“He doesn’t really know what it is all about yet but he is starting to pick it up and put it all together and now he is starting to develop a bit of gate speed,” Weidemann said. “If he can put all that together he will be a horse of the future.”

Too Good For You has only had 13 starts with nine of those coming for the Weidemann stables, including three wins for the four-year-old Mr Feelgood gelding.

“The team is going good – we are all battling away, chipping in. There are no stars amongst them – they are all battlers,” Weidemann said.

Weidemann finished just behind Maitland reinsman Brad Elder in the drivers premiership last season, and it was “game on” again from the second race on the card on Thursday, when Elder produced a winner.

Elder took the reins behind the Greg Coney-trained Queens Angel for a win in the Equissage Edge-Equine Therapy Ladyship Pace.

Last week Queens Angel won as a two-year-old at Tamworth, to finish off the 2017/18 season. And this week she stepped out to collect her first three-year-old win for the 2018/19 season.

After racing four back in the outside running line, Elder set the task for Queens Angel to place in a three-wide run up the back straight on the final occasion.

“She has got a good turn of foot and the back-straight rush paid off for us. She got the lead before the corner,” Elder said.

“Greg has got her flying. He is doing a good job with her and the whole team.”

Elder was pleased to get the points on the drivers premiership board early and was satisfied to be equal with Weidemann after only two races.

“I’m back and we are level,” he joked.

Stacey Weidemann then made it into the winner’s circle courtesy of the Julie Hobday-trained Bandan who won the Wests Spring Raceday Friday 14th September Pace by 4.2m over race favourite Justajolt (Brad Elder), with the Inverell pacer paying $16 for the win.

“It just all went to plan – good job by Julie for having the horse right and also to Col (Hobday) who owns the horse,” Stacey Weidemann said. “Hopefully Col got a bit of a kick out of the win.” 

Hobday only recently returned from competing with Bandan at the Ekka – the Royal Brisbane Show – alongside Stacey Weidemann.

“Bandan was always there in his races at the Ekka,” said Stacey Weidemann who was pitted against Hobday in the show races.

“He drew bad in a lot of his races but Julie has done a terrific job with the horse.”