Tontine Final: Ararat Sunday

27 May 2004
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27 May, 2004

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Great Western trainer Julieann Brumby is hopeful rather than optimistic about her chances of winning Sunday afternoon¿s $18,000 Elgas Tontine Pacers Series Final at Ararat.

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Brumby co-trains smart four-year-old Doyawantitagain who will start from barrier four in the prestigious 2195-metre mobile event.

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Doyawantitagain has performed well in three runs this preparation, finishing second at his first start for eight months in a Tontine Series heat at Terang.

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He then filled second position in a quarter-final of the event at Hamilton before earning his place in the final with a solid second placing in a semi-final at Geelong last Sunday afternoon.

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On that occasion, the son of Vestalba Rainbow chased home the smart Cashel Uisce who is yet to taste defeat in seven race starts and will be favourite for this weekend¿s final.

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Brumby said Doyawantitagain, a half brother to former stable star Off The Old, had delighted connections with his performances throughout the Tontine Series.

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She explained that the troublesome gelding had had a chequered career path, and interrupted preparation in the lead-up to the time-honoured provincial championship.

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¿He raced twice as a two-year-old before contracting a serious lung infection which almost claimed his life,¿ Brumby recalled.

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¿He returned to racing as a late three-year-old and ran very well through the Australasian Breeders Crown Series but then developed a problem in a fore leg,¿ she said.

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Brumby said while the vets had difficulty diagnosing the exact injury, they discovered a shadow which they thought may have been a cracked bone and the horse subsequently spent four months in the spelling paddock recuperating.

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¿We had set him for the Tontine Series, but about three weeks prior he developed bruising in his back feet,¿ she said.

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¿As a result, he had a very rushed preparation and at the moment, he¿s racing on pure ability because I¿m still not 100 percent happy with him.¿

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Brumby said Doyawantitagain faced a tricky barrier draw in the Tontine Final and she is not sure where the horse will be in the early stages.

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She also concedes that he faces an uphill battle in his bid to end Cashel Uisce¿s brilliant winning streak.

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¿I think he¿s a really top horse, and we probably had our chance to beat him at Geelong last weekend.

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¿But we sat on his back and he was just too good for us, so I¿d be surprised if we can reverse the result,¿ she said.

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¿I don¿t think people will see the best of Doyawantitagain for another month or so when I can completely iron out his problems.¿

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Brumby and her husband Paul prepare a team of 12 horses from their Great Western stable.

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Paul is responsible for the care and education of five youngsters while Julieann concentrates her efforts on the racing team which also includes Coptyarightwhack, a good winner at Horsham on Monday afternoon.

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The $18,000 Elgas Tontine Series Pacers Final will be run at 3.45pm (AEST) on Sunday.

 

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