Wells, Trinder dominate Devonport

May 02, 2016

Two names synonymous with Devonport racing, Wells and Trinder, led the way as locally trained horses proved almost invincible at Spreyton on Sunday.

Leon Wells, who trains in partnership with his sons Dean and Trent, put a frustrating run of second placings behind him to land three winners.

And, Adam Trinder matched that feat to edge closer to Scott Brunton on the trainers’ premiership.

Seven Mile Beach-based Brunton, who won the last race with Streetwise Savoire, was the only “outsider” to have success.

The other race was won by Spreyton mother-and-son team Leanne and Clinton Gaffney with recent stable addition Count My Blessings.

The Wells family stable is split between Brighton, where Leon is based, and Devonport where Dean and Trent run the operation.

Sunday’s winners all belong to the Devonport team.

The most appropriate was Le Bel Opera who took out the race named in honour of Leon and his wife Maree who were celebrating their 40th wedding anniversary.

The win by Geegees Muscle Man also had a celebratory ring to it, as it was owner Paul Geard’s birthday.

Le Bel Opera, ridden by Daniel Ganderton, broke a run of eight consecutive minor placings.

The Wells stable has had 22 seconds at Devonport this season and Le Bel Opera has provided seven of them.

The final leg of the Wells treble, Don Reggio, was previously trained in Melbourne by Chris Hyland and was having his sixth Tasmanian start.

He was given a gun run by Bulent Muhcu before beating Lingo and Niloufar in a three-way photo.

Two of Adam Trinder’s winners are recent additions to his stable from Victoria.

Sea Ruler, the first leg of a double for Kyle Maskiell, was previously with the Dan O’Sullivan stable.

“He’s a lightly-exposed three-year-old who will probably end up over 2000 metres when he learns to settle,” Trinder said.

“Kyle gave him a perfect run but he got to the front a bit too easily and wanted to switch off.’’

Steel Moon, who completed a double for Siggy Carr, was previously with Patrick Payne.

“I wasn’t totally happy with him so I scratched him a fortnight ago and decided to put him up in class today to get a bit of weight of his back,” Trinder said.

“He’s still owned in Victoria and I think he can win a couple more down here.”

Trinder’s other winner, Seven Falls, led all the way for Maskiell in the Class 3 Handicap, thwarting a confident plunge on the runner-up Madame George, his stablemate.

Victorian apprentice Boris Thornton made the most of his only ride for the day when he scored on market drifter Streetwise Savoire ($3.60 to $5.50) in the Benchmark 82 Handicap.

But, it was a close call, with the gelding getting home by only a nose over fellow Seven Mile Beach resident Minute Repeater.

C/o Greg Mansfield (Examiner)

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