WA mare wins feature

RECORD: Wesley Vale-trained Art Of My Art (inside) breaks the track record while narrowly beating Blues Ace at Burnie on Friday night. Picture: Greg MansfieldFormer West Australian mare Washington Express gave her Launceston owner a quick return on his investment when she won an incident-packed NWTLHA Mares Feature at Burnie on Friday night.

The seven-year-old was having only her second start for new trainer Ben Yole and was driven by his brother Mark as she accounted for backmarker Odins Call Girl and Multiple Choice in the $7800 race.

Washington Express settled second behind stablemate Girlsnpearls after Ainsleys Dream had made a mess of the start and all but wiped out the favourite Dellas Command in the process.

The winner then drifted up the track in the home straight but it had no bearing on the result.

Ben Yole said owner Bob Cunningham was one of his best stable clients and had “taken a gamble” buying Washington Express relatively late in hercareer.

“But he’s now got a nice, little mare and she is going to be a good addition to his team of horses,” Yole said.

The state’s leading trainer also won earlier in the night with Pushkin driven by Natalee Emery.

ART OF MY ART broke the track record while winning the Ian Heazlett Memorial, rating 2:01.8 for the 2180 metres.

The gelding is trained at Wesley Vale by John Castles who also prepared the previous record-holder Sarah Roland.

Castles said Art Of My Art was gradually getting back to the form that saw her win five races last season “but is not quite there yet.”

The mare was given a gun run by Rohan Hillier who went on to complete a driving double on the Robert Gillie-trained Mobi Doc who led all the way in the Bob French Memorial.

STRANGE CONDUCT continued driver Todd Rattray’s good run on the Burnie track when he sat outside the leader to win the Liza Storm.

Rattray had trebles at the two previous Burnie meetings.

Strange Conduct is trained at Underwood by Heath Szczypka and it was his first win since being purchased by well-known owner Paul Turner and some partners about six months ago.

“We bought him from the Yole stable for only $1500 and he had already paid for himself with a few minor placings,” Turner said.

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