Memories Recalled After Win

Those listening to Radio Trackside on Saturday may have been chuckling.
After each race, one of my commentating duties is to ring into Radio Trackside and give a “wrap” of the previous race.
After mentioning the margins and times of the race, I will then, for what it’s worth, give my selections for the next race.
(To be fair, those selections are usually not worth much……..but that’s another story!) 
Anyway this is a rather long winded way of getting to the point of this weeks’ column.
After local galloper New Moon won at Ellerslie last Saturday, I asked Radio Trackside host Peter Early a question.
New Moon is trained by his owner, vastly experienced horseman,Tony Devcich.
“Who is Tony Devcich’s famous sister?” I asked Early.
“Ummmm, no idea George” said a bemused Early.
“Maria Dallas” I answered.
“I remember her!” exclaimed Early, before launching into his rendition of her catchy hit tune of the 70’s, “Tumbling Down”.
Maria Dallas was a house hold name in New Zealand in the 70’s with hits like “Tumbling Down” and “Pinnochio”.
(Of course I was far too young to remember this……. but I had read about it!)
Anyway, Early, who clearly remembers her, continued the “theme” of Maria Dallas throughout his afternoon shift.
He encouraged his listeners to call in and share their thoughts about her, which many did.
So throughout the afternoon, whenever I called back after a race, Early would have another snippet of information.
The crowning point came when Early managed to track down a recording of “Tumbling Down”.
It’s one of those tunes that once you hear it, it’s very hard to get it out of your head!
So for the rest of the day I called the races with this tune swirling around in my head.
It is even more frustrating when you only know two lines of the chorus in the entire song!  
As an aside, Tumbling Down was also the name of the very good steeplechaser trained by Mike Moroney.
The equine Tumbling Down won a Great Northern Steeplechase with Toby Autridge aboard.
His dam was called…….you guessed it……Maria Dallas.       
 
 
Getting back to business, New Moon’s win was one of two local victories at Ellerslie.
Ridden by Jason Jago, New Moon was recording his fourth win from 28 starts, with stake earnings in excess of $110,000.
Good enough to place 4th in a Kelt Stakes, New Moon is a capable stayer according to Tony Devcich.
“He’s needed his recent racing to get him ready for a staying trip” said Devcich.
“He’ll stay all day” he added.
 
The other local win came when Civic’s Rock scored for Ralph Manning.
A three year old colt, Civic’s Rock is not the biggest horse you’ve ever seen.
“Yeah, he’s only tiny but he’s got a big motor” confirmed Manning.
In his biggest test to date, Civic’s Rock capped off some consistent form when winning the Open 1200m sprint.
Ridden by Jason Collett, Civic’s Rock charged home from near the tail of the field to win  by three quarters of a length.
It was the fifth win of just fourteen starts for Civic’s Rock.
Manning, who shares in the ownership of the horse with his accountant Tony Coombe, was impressed with the win.
“He’s such a good horse to race because he’s won on all types of track conditions” said Manning.
 
Finally…….from our believe it or not file…..Civic’s Rock was involved in a deadheat for first recently at Ruakaka.
In a rather unusual occurrence, Civic’s Rock deadheated with stablemate, Cachucha.
Incredibly another local trainer Brad Petersen also had a deadheat “double” at Te Aroha last Wednesday.
Two of Petersen’s runners, Catchitifyoucan and Lets Be A Star both dead heated for first in their respective races.
I can’t recall it ever happening before.
Two horses from the same stable deadheating for first, in different races, on the same day
Believe it or not!
 
Catch you next week.
 
Cheers
 
George.