Too Good Too Hard farewelled her racing career in style with a barnstorming win to take out a 1200m Benchmark 84 for the Phillip Stokes stable at Murray Bridge on Saturday.
Ridden patiently from the back by Todd Pannell, the $4.40 chance finished too well for Street Tough and Extreme Thrill to show racing fans it was leaving the track on top of her game.
Chalking up six wins, four seconds and two third from 19 starts, the five-year-old mare will be auctioned at the Great Southern Broodmare Sales on July 5.
Stable rep Tommy Stokes said the horse had given its all during her career.
“This was a very special win, the horse means a lot to the stable. I would say it was one of the most popular horses in the stable,’’ Stokes said.
“Just its racing pattern was so exciting and it usually runs so well.
“We just felt the time was right (to sell). It was just the right time and the horse was probably at its peak. She had placed in Listed company too and Black type.
“The race worked out well for her, she was able to be a lot closer in the run and finished well. I am sure she will be worth plenty of money at the sales.’’
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The @pstokesracing-trained Too Good Too Hard motors home to win well 🤜🤛 pic.twitter.com/H4ePAa2qtJ
Pannell finished with a treble, also steering Great Diviner home in the final race and Bleriot in the opener to draw level with Jess Eaton on 57 wins in the chase for the jockeys’ premiership.
Overall, Pannell has 98 victories so far this season at all SA tracks.
Bleriot ($1.90F) was a most-impressive winner, cruising home by seven lengths to put away the opposition in a 1200m Benchmark 68.
Ridden a cool race by Pannell, the Will Clarken-trained runner sat off the pace to take charge on straightening to account for Belle of Yorkes and Hibbity Dibbity.
Spinola Bay ($2.70) had to undergo a vet check at the barrier and a luckless run in transit before charging home to win a 3YO maiden over 1000m.
Around the mark with four placings from its five starts until its win, Spinola Bay looks a likely type over more ground.
The win also was a boost for trainer Gordon Richards and jockey Caitlin Jones who had endured a run of outs at her past 49 metro rides.
Progressive type Zoist gave the Tony and Calvin McEvoy combo plenty to look forward to with a strong win in a Benchmark 64 over 1400m.
Barend Vorster gave the three-year-old a patient ride to bring up his third win from six starts.
Tony McEvoy said the winner had been tracking well on his return from a spell.
“He loves to be fresh but we just want to see if he can sustain a preparation now,’’ McEvoy said.
“He has been good at the start and then he tapers off. So hopefully he is more mature now and can stay up for a bit longer.’’
Originally published asStokes mare Too Good in final race
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