MILIAS Ideal looked like winning the Health4horses Ladyship Pace (1980m) easily on Thursday but “switched off” so badly in the final 100m her trainer/driver thought she had lost out to fast-finishing Tayspastinme.

Red Castle Rebel and an obscured Peter Hedges range up beside Hes Our Boy and Josh Osborn to win Thursday’s 88.9 FM Lordship Pace at Tamworth Paceway. Photo: Barry Smith 190516BSB09

“I thought she’d got beaten,” driver Michael Formosa told on-course interviewer Mark Lowe after the pace.

“Delighted she hung on.”

In the end it was a half head winning margin after she had shot clear to lead by about 5m in the short Tamworth Paceway straight.

“She’s suited to the shorter distances,” Formosa added.

“Not really brave so she did well to hang on.”

He said she might return to Tamworth for the June 2 Nevele R North West Oaks.

“I’ve got a couple of fillies I’m looking to bring up for the Oaks,” Formosa said.

“And we’ll be back for that for sure.”

Milias Ideal is well bred and something of a bargain buy for Formosa.

“We bought her at the ready to run sale as a two-year-old for $14,000,” he said.

“She’s now won $30,000 plus $6000 in bonuses, so she’s been a good little horse for us.”

Jogalong Stingray then led all the way to win the Vale Sam Ison Lordship Pace (1980m) while Red Castle Rebel won the 88.9 FM Tamworth Lordship Pace (1980m) for trainer/driver Peter Hedges. Hedges prepares Red Castle Rebel at Louth Park where he has four in work at the moment.

“I’ve cut back a bit because I’m working full time,” Hedges told Lowe.

Red Castle Rebel notched win number four Thursday at the five-year-old gelding’s 42nd start and appreciated a drop in grade from his last start 8th at Newcastle.

“He has been going pretty well at home,” Hedges said of his work efforts.

“And he ran well at Dubbo when he was fourth in the Golden Gig Final out there. We’ll just keep chugging away with him.”

Earlier in the day the Mitch Faulkner-trained and driven Miss Art Ranger won the Happy Birthday Jenny Moon Competitive Pace (1609m) and could be headed back to Queensland where she won five starts back.

Mathew Taylor also won his first race as a trainer when Alert The Bagman won the first race of the day for the Williamtown-based trainer/driver.

Tamworth trainer Ken Natty then finished the day in spectacular fashion, winning the final two races on the eight-race card with Leighmont and Jedi Superstar. Leighmont, with Sam Ison in the gig, scored a 5.75m in the Hazells Farm & Fertilizer Services Pace (1980m), an apt victory considering Ison works for Hazells Farm and Fertilizer Services!

It was Leighmont’s 16th win at his 86th start for Natty.

After the black gelding had given young Ison a delight Jedi Superstar then romped to a 2.25m win over Sunrose Don (Lola Weidemann) and Bien Hoa (Michael Formosa) in the BMR Quarries Pace (1980m), Leighmont had rated 2:03 for the 1980m but his stablemate went quicker, rating 2:02.1 for the 1980m when notching an 18th career win at start number 114.

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