Darren McDonald’s Gardam Prince Tames Tassie
Written By Kevin Pitstock Thursday 18th February 2010
Darren McDonald has made his Tasmanian venture a memorable one thanks to boom sprinter Gardam Prince. The blue son of Black Enforcer and She’s Travelling took out the Group 2 Launceston Cup Monday night, less than a month after winning the Group 3 Devonport Cup.
Starting from box seven, Gardam Prince was finally installed as a $2.80 favourite at the jump, after swapping that tag with local sprinter Pedro Pronto ($2.90) throughout the betting.
But once the boxes opened, there was only one dog worth being on as Gardam Prince mustered wonderfully to cross fast starters Where’s Fly ($6.30) and Trilogy Mission ($45.30), with Pedro Pronto bursting along the rail.
Down the back the race was all but over, with the margin extending and interference ending the chances of most of the other runners.
On the line Gardam Prince had two lengths to spare over Pedro Pronto who took home the proverbial ‘silver medal’ and ran a truly game race. Debbie Cannan’s youngster Sultan’s Swing ($15.00) ended up grabbing third at only his fourteenth start, narrowly ahead of Fisherman ($6.40).
Proud owner Michelle Milne has now pocketed over $150,000 courtesy of her trusty chaser, and has quickly grown the contents of the trophy cabinet, with this being Gardam Prince’s third victory at Group level in four months.
Although the Cup Final was run in 29.90, time honours for the night went to Topline Doovee when taking out the Consolation Event. Beginning like a cannon from box four, Topline Doovee careered away by eight lengths, running a near track record 29.57 in the process.
The approaching Horsham cup series looks to be the next suitable port of call for both chasers.