Blazer Pup Breaks Cannington Maiden Record

DAVE Hobby is trying to play down the excitement surrounding Sunset Spitfire after he broke the Cannington maiden class record on Wednesday.

David Brasch

7 August 2020

LEADING WA trainer David Hobby is trying to play down the excitement surrounding his youngster Sunset Spitfire after the son of Mepunga Blazer broke the Cannington maiden class record on Wednesday night.

Sunset Spitfire ran a remarkable 29.45 for the 520 metre journey to eclipse the previous mark of 29.55 when he led throughout to score by 10 lengths at his racetrack debut.

He had won his qualifying trial there at his public debut in 29.80 following reports of some mind-boggling trials at Mandurah leading into his racetrack debut.

“His first three sections are absolutely lightning,” said Hobby of Sunset Spitfire.

“And, he is starting to get stronger with each trial he has.

“But, I’m trying not to get too excited because I’ve had too many good young dogs who have not gone on with it for some reason or other. We’ll take things along slow and see how we go … but he’s impressing greatly so far.”

But, Hobby admitted Sunset Spitfire is the quickest maiden he has ever trained.

“And, the 29.45 was not really a surprise for me,” he said. “He was having his first run in a field and he is only 19 months old.”

The race following Sunset Spitfire’s stellar performance, litter-brother Sunset Toxic made a victorious debut with a slick 29.93 win.

And the pair’s litter sister Sunset Firefly has raced six times for four wins and two placings as well.