Value buys combine for Australia Day eve double

Jan 25, 2013

Stable stalwart Al Ahmar charged home to complete a Friday double for Hancox Racing with horses that cost a total of $15,000.

Al Ahmar was a $10,000 purchase at an Inglis sale in 2008 but took his prizemoney tally to more than $110,000 with his eighth win from 41 starts.

The son of Al Maher last raced over 2000 metres in the Queanbeyan Cup but managed to score over 1200 metres following a terrific training performance from the Barb Joseph and Paul Jones stable.

Al Ahmar slipped under the punters’ guard, starting at $30 on the TAB, but scored an authoritative victory with jockey Carl Spry in the saddle.

The six-year-old was beaten for early pace, settling with one runner behind him, before circling the field under 60kg to score a dominant half-length win.

Al Ahmar’s terrific performance followed Storm Lass’s smart debut win in the Sungold Milk Maiden Plate (1000m) at Terang.

Hancox Bloodstock managed to secure Storm Lass for just $5000 at the 2011 Inglis Autumn Yearling Sale but the daughter of Old Deuteronomy took just one start to repay her purchase price.

The Aaron Purcell-trained filly went into her debut without a public trial but showed race smarts to jump well from the barriers, enabling jockey Daniel Moor to guide her to the lead.

Storm Lass found the front easily, allowing Moor to dictate proceedings midrace, which left the three-year-old with something in reserve for her finishing effort.

Storm Lass was under siege down the long Terang straight but she had enough in hand to beat fellow debutant Momentary by a head.

Congratulations to the owners of both gallopers.

© MiStable 2013