Locally trained pacer One Tuff Nut registered his first win in almost twelve months when he was successful in the opening race on today’s Cranbourne program, the Woodlands Stud Pace.
Owned and trained by Max Cavey, the six-year-old gelding has been racing consistently in a similar grade in recent weeks and was well in the market for his assignment. One Tuff Nut was given the run of the race on the pegs behind the leader and race favourite Whata Rockstar and sprinted quickly in the home straight to defeat that horse with another local It’s the Emblem filling third placing.
One Tuff Nut has now recorded four wins and nine placings from 53 career starts and appears to have come back from a lengthy lay-off with a new zest for racing. His four starts this season, all on his home track, have yielded today’s win and two other placings. If he maintains his current form and is placed to advantage in suitable races it seems further success may follow.
Later in the afternoon, Pearcedale based training duo Simone and Andrew Walker continued a recent run of success when Reclusive took out the Decron Pace for pacers with a national rating of between 55 and 65 national rating points.
Eased out of the early speed battle from his wide draw by Simone Walker, Reclusive settled in the running line at the rear of the field and produced a powerful finishing burst in the home straight to overhaul Dan Fernando and Soextra.
Reclusive’s win was his second from his last five starts and came on the back of the Walker team’s success with the enigmatic trotter Fend Off at Melton on Friday.
Fend Off is raced by the Cranbourne Club 21 syndicate and was having his first run since August after an injury-enforced spell. Despite racing roughly on more than one occasion in the run, the five-year-old sustained a long run wide on the track to record a promising win in a solid 2:02 mile rate for the 1,720-metre journey.
“Honestly he gets that wound up that he really is hit and miss and I wasn’t sure what to expect,” Walker explained after the race. “I pretty much held my breath the whole way around and he did put in one or two rough ones. But he lacks nothing in terms of ability and he won like the good horse he could be if he gets his act together.”
“At this stage we’ll head back to Melton in a fortnight or so (Thursday 26th March) for another restricted class race. Hopefully he takes some confidence from his win and puts a couple together.”
By David Scott
Photo: Cranbourne HRC