RISING star Hoity Toity will be aiming to break through for a major race victory when she heads south to contest the Vet’s Medley Series Final (599m) at Hobart on Thursday night.
A well-bred daughter of Golden Easter Egg winner Don’t Knocka Him and Patsy Anne, the Bill Witherden-trained bitch, like her opposition, was deprived of a 461-metre heat run with the program wiped out last Thursday, due to severe weather conditions hitting the Apple Isle.
By policy of the points system, the top ten point-scorers have made the field for the $3,200 to-the-winner final.
Hoity Toity, along with litter and kennelmate Devil’s Gullet, both staked their claim in the first leg of the series winning their 599 metre heats, with Hoity Toity posting a swift 34.38 victory from box six, her 12th career victory from 45 appearances.
“Hoity Toity did extremely well, the fact is though she doesn’t travel well to the races,” Witherden detailed.
“Her last two starts prior to the heats were ordinary in my opinion, she is a bitch that needs two or three runs on a track to get acquainted with the place, the Thursday prior was definitely her best performance by far over the distance.”
Devil’s Gullet, who made the final last year against series winner Le Baz, opened proceedings for the Westbury-based kennel in the first heat with a 34.74 victory, holding out a late charge from Weeny Dryva to score by a nose with Molly Supernova in third.
“You look at this dogs record, to win 15 races from 58 starts is amazing. Fact is, for the majority of his career he was known like some of his littermates to be a wide runner, but Devil’s Gullet has started to straighten up more in his races,” Bill added.
Both Bill and his wife Anne have enjoyed a tremendous ride thanks to the deeds of their top-class producer Patsy Anne, who has provided plenty of thrills and success in the breeding barn, starting with her first litter by Aston Galilee. She was crowned Tassie Broodbitch of the Year in 2014.
Patsy Anne (x Where’s Pedro) retired in 2010 with 13 wins from 44 starts with nine minor placings.
In the five litters produced by Patsy Anne, a former Tasmanian Oaks winner, her progeny record is boldly detailed from 1048 starters, providing 194 wins, 155 seconds and 141 thirds, along with prizemoney of $391,845 in stakes, a phenomenal record.
Bill remains uncertain on his chances in Thursday’s final, of the belief his charges are drawn badly.
Hoity Toity is the $2.00 favourite and will jump from box eight in the 599-metre final, the next best in the market is Seaside from box one at $4.80, for trainer Ian Callinan, while Devil’s Gullet has drawn box three in the decider and is at $7.50.
“It would have been nicer if the box draw was the other way around for my two runners, but you have to take what you can get. Like all things in racing, it comes down to the first few strides but I know for certain that both dogs are ready to go.”