Turk Warrior claims Tassie 2YO feature

Boom Tasmanian 2-year-old Turk Warrior (by Outreach) maintained his unbeaten record when running out an impressive winner of the $100,000, Listed, Tasmanian Bloodstock Elwick Stakes (1100m) on Sunday’s black-type program at Elwick racecourse in Hobart.

Winner of his only previous outing back in November when scoring by three lengths on debut, the big striding second-crop son of Exceed And Excel stallion Outreach packed too many guns for his opposition in the juvenile stakes event, going on to score with relative ease at fairly prohibitive odds.

Miss Charlie Brown (by Myboycharlie Ire)) ran on late for second place, ahead of Geegee Lucky Jess (by Wordsmith) in third.

In similar fashion to Swoop Dog, Tasmania’s rising force in the 3-year-old ranks, Turk Warrior is another local product to have been passed-in for little more than $20,000 at the Tasmanian Yearling Sale of his generation.

Turk Warrior’s two outings to date have now witnessed the promising gelding score by a collective four and three-quarter lengths, earning his connections $94,300 in the process.

Turk Warrior became the first stakes winner for his sire Outreach and added further credence to an already impressive catalogue page. His dam Ehor won the TTC Gold Sovereign Stakes (LR) in two wins in Tassie, while his second-dam is the celebrated Manawatu Sires’ Produce Stakes (G1) winner Love To Dance (NZ) — the Joint Head of The 1995-96 2YO Free Handicap.

Turk Warrior won by 1-3/4 Len, with 2-1/4 Len separating Miss Charlie Brown and Geegee Lucky Jess.

Winning time was 1m06.72s (final 600m in 35.92s) on a Soft 6.

SPs were Turk Warrior $1.45 fav, Miss Charlie Brown $4.00, and Geegee Lucky Jess $9.50.




In the 3-year-old feature on the same Elwick program, Hela ran out an equally decisive winner of the $50,000, Steve’s Liquor Thousand Guineas (1600m).

A daughter of Night of Thunder (Ire) raced in the distinctive green and white colours of the Scott Brunton stable, Hela also went to post as an odds-on favourite and had little difficulty in maintaining her unbeaten record.

Now four-from-four, Hela finished well clear of runner-up Lady of Fortune and minor placegetter Thelma.

Hela recorded the winning time of 1m41.25s (final 600m in 36.93s).

SPs on the contest were $1.80 fav, $31.00, and $5.00.

Official margins were 4 Len x 4-1/4 Len.