“Arthur Hirst would be proud” stated trainer Peter Higgins after his bitch Inanna Star staged a bold performance to win the Sky Racing Centre Trophy at Launceston on Monday night (600m).
Inanna Star, owned and trained at Gagebrook by Higgins, jumped brilliantly from box two and was a length and a half from pacemaker Devil’s Gullet passing the judges’ box the first time.
Despite moving up the track down the back straight, Inanna Star continued her surge on the leaders reeling in Devil’s Gullet in the home straight before staving off the fast-finishing Wynburn Cutie.
The daughter of Spring Gun scored by a length posting the time of 35.21, her first from four attempts over the middle distance, giving an overall record of 7 wins and 12 minors from 49 career starts.
“It’s great to finally see this bitch (Inanna Star) get the luck in running she deserves,” Higgins stated.
“When she began on terms with the leader (Devil’s Gullet) and he is known to shift up the track, my bitch just sat brilliantly on the rails with a clear run which gave her the chance to perform well.
“The best part about Inanna Star is she can finish off strongly which she did in the end,” Peter said.
It was iconic breeder, Dromedary-based Arthur Hirst, who bred the dam China Lady’s first and only litter of seven pups to 2011 Vic Peters winner Spring Gun, keeping a dog and a bitch for himself.
“Arthur was a fantastic breeder and rearer to some past champions in Tasmania. Not many people remember but Arthur bred David Crosswell’s champion dog True Vintage,” Peter Higgins reflected.
“When Arthur bred China Lady’s litter he decided to keep two pups out of the litter, however he was diagnosed with cancer and was forced to sell the dog which eventually turned out to be Two Bills.
“Arthur approached me to take the bitch knowing she would have a forever home,” the trainer said.
Both Higgins and friend Darren Critchley have started the Arthur Hirst Memorial at Hobart.
Held as a best eight feature over 599-metres, it was won last year by Locknane Eve for Katrina Gregory.
“Arthur was a great bloke and no doubt he would have been proud of this litter,” Higgins said.