A tradition of winning for sisters
COUSINS Neutral Nemo and Slippy's Texada will get the chance to uphold a proud family traditional when they contest the Bundaberg Cup final this week after their impressive heat wins on Saturday.
Their respective dams Trendy Raider and Shining Class are half-sisters, both out of one of Gary Hick's former champions, Shining Raider, whose dam Gary's Raider and grand-dam Gary's Hope, were each also champions for Hick.
Neutral Nemo, a son of Technoman, had been runner-up at each of his first three starts on the track, and he had taken 36 starts to open his account, winning at Ipswich on June 1, before repeating his success at Albion Park three days later.
Owned and trained at Morayfield by John Quarman and paying $5, he caused a boil-over in outgunning Lay Down Teddy ($2.60) by a half-length, with Caboolture trained track star Uno Leo ($1.80) a similar margin away in third position.
Slippy's Texada ($4.60), which is owned and trained by Alan Dargusch, of Churchable, maintained his unbeaten record in three starts at Thabeban Park, but he was stepping up in class after winning the Maiden 1000 final at his previous visit to the city on February 18.
He led throughout, fighting off the challenge of 2011 Bundaberg Cup winner Crazy Bomb ($1.80) in the straight before drawing away again to beat him by two lengths.
Slippy's Texada clocked the fastest time of the four heat victors, timed at 31.77sec, after the heats got progressively quicker, with Hara's Design, which is also owned and trained at Churchable by Russell Druery, who owns Crazy Bomb, notching 32.11sec.
Spirited Flame ($3.50) then took out the second heat for Bribie island owner/trainer Chris Riordon in 31.97sec on track debut at just her seventh start, beating another Druery representative Leadfoot Katie.
Neutral Nemo stopped the clock at 31.83sec.