Dual Tasmanian Newmarket winner Hellova Street is likely to head to Warrnambool next week after an impressive return to racing at Caulfield on Saturday.
Seven Mile Beach trainer Scott Brunton has earmarked the $151,000 Wangoom Handicap as the five-year-old’s next assignment.
“The other option is the Goodwood Handicap in Adelaide (on May 21) but that looks like it will be a bit tougher,’’ Brunton said.
“Going to Warrnambool means he will have only 11 days between runs, which is not ideal, but it is what it is so we have to live with it.
“If the weather stays true and we get a dead-to-good track he’s some hope of winning.’’
Hellova Street drew the widestbarrier at Caulfield and had to work hard outside the leader before finishing a close fifth in the listed $120,000 Bel Esprit Stakes.
“He was looking for the rail all the way so it was an excellent run,’’ Brunton said.
It was the gelding’s first start since winning his second successive Newmarket at Mowbray in November.
Since then, the trainer has battled to get Hellova Street back to the track due to feet problems.
“He’s still not 100 percent right and is probably five or six runs away from getting his confidence back,” Brunton said.
“And, ideally, he’s looking for 1400 metres but he won’t get to do it this time in.’’
Brunton said running in both the Wangoom and Goodwood was still an option but would be “a very big ask.”
“He’s still got plenty of time and we don’t need to rush him,’’ the trainer said.
“We’d like him to come back later in the year and have a crack at a third Newmarket.”
Brunton and his father, David, almost won the Wangoom in 2010 when their flying mare I’m A Hussy finished third.
STAR GREYHOUND Keune will be given anotherchance on the mainland after thrashing a quality field in the Reg & Aileen Ivory Memorial at Devonport on Tuesday.
Ted Medhurst, who prepares the bitch for owners Debbie Cannan and Ian Sowell, said Keune had achieved nearly all she could in Tasmania.
“She’s a sensationaldog and she’s definitely got the quality to win interstate but she’shad no luck on previous trips,’’ Medhurst said.
“The first time wehad travel problems and the second time she got hurt.”
HELLOVA WIN: Hellova Street (centre), ridden by Dean Holland, wins his second successive Newmarket at Mowbray in November. He will chase another feature sprint at Warrnambool next week. Picture: Greg Mansfield
Debbie Cannan with Keune
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