Experienced horseman Scott Ewen landed his first winner since relocating from his native South Australia when Penny Bobbins was successful in the Flying Brick Cider Pace at Geelong on Wednesday night.
Ewen, who took up occupancy at the Cranbourne Training Centre at the start of September, has placed Penny Bobbins to great effect since arriving and the mare’s win follows two promising efforts when placed in strong company at Cranbourne and Melton earlier in the month.
The daughter of Changeover and Cyclone Dora enjoyed the perfect trailing run in her Geelong triumph and produced a strong finish in the sprint lane to prevail from Dream A Minute by a half head with Famous Three just a half neck away in third placing.
Ewen was understandably pleased to have achieved success early into his new venture in Victoria.
“Penny has done a good job flying the flag for the stable since we arrived,” Ewen said. “She’s earned over $9,000 in her three runs ths month including the part Vicbred bonus she picked up last night. And she’s still only lightly assessed so hopefully she can get away with a couple more in the next few months.”
Ewen is also hoping that Penny Bobbins stablemate Bulletproof Boy can open his winning account in the coming weeks and has that pacer engaged in a fast class race at Melton on Saturday night.
The winner of 21 races to date, Bulletproof Boy was a winner at Horsham three runs back in a 1:54:5 mile-rate and should make an impact in his adopted home state in time according to Ewen.
“He just hasn’t acclimatised as well as the mare. He was born on our farm back home and has never really been off the place for any length of time. At the moment he’s off his head a bit but he’ll settle down once he gets used to his new surroundings.”
Ewen also has high hopes for four well-bred two-year-olds that he is preparing for the Cranbourne Club 21 Ltd syndication.
By David Scott
Photo: Claire Weston Photography