NEW TOWN trainer Don Oldham bounced back on Thursday night after a 7-month absence from the winner’s list when Fairy Baroque romped home in the Thorpe & Turner Travel Grade 5 at Luxbet Park in Hobart.
Fairy Baroque was well supported in the betting sent out as the second elect at $4.70, with the Juneen Devine prepared Family Pick the market leader at $3.80.
The daughter of Cosmic Rumble was a fraction slow to begin from box one over the 461-metre trip but quickly mustered speed along the rail to find the early lead.
The Suzanne Tindall owned & bred chaser set up a two-length break off the back and kicked strongly on the home bend, before staving off a fast finishing Shanlyn China to win by 1 1/4 lengths with I’m Mad holding on gamely for third in the time of 26.39 seconds.
The impressive victory was Fairy Baroque’s first success from seven attempts having come close on one other occasion when placed third behind Whodat Bangin’ at Hobart in March.
Oldham has been a part of the Tasmanian training scene for more than fifty years with his best performing chaser Magic Alarm (Barneys Alarm – Outback Lass) winning twelve of its 48 career starts in the late 90’s.
Don only ever has two greyhounds in work at a time, his other chaser Regent Lois came close to making it a winning double for the New Town kennel when she finished second to Izzy A Prince by a neck in a Grade 5 over 461 metres.
Regent Lois was Donny’s most recent winner prior to Fairy Baroque’s victory back in September.