Concert Hall back in form

Concert Hall (Matt Cameron) racing clear to score an impressive win at Tauranga yesterday.

Concert Hall experienced a welcome change of luck at Tauranga yesterday, but for a time there was concern in the camp a repeat unlucky run was happening.

The Savabeel four-year-old mare had enjoyed a trail in her last start, also at Tauranga, but was held up for the majority of the home straight and wound up beating just two of the nine runners home.

In yesterday’s Laser Plumbing Tauranga 1600 she again looked in some trouble after being slow away then being checked with 1000m to run and pushed back to last rounding the home turn. However, rider Matt Cameron angled her out at the 200m and she burst on the scene and cleared out to win by three lengths from Lady Painton.

‘’I’m a bit gobsmacked really,’’ co-trainer Robert Wellwood said.

‘’I thought I was going to watch a replay of her last start. Fortunately she got a bit of luck (in the straight) this time and she really let down and put them away really well. It was a very impressive effort.”

Concert Hall has now won three of her seven starts for owner-breeder Joan Egan and Wellwood and his senior training partner Roger James.

She won her debut at Matamata 11 months ago and again scored fresh-up at Pukekohe early last December before going down narrowly to True Enough at Te Rapa on December 22.

“She has taken a bit of time to physically and mentally mature,’’ Wellwood said. ‘’She has been racing well but had a bit of bad luck this season so it’s great to see her do it again.’’