Fair Dinkum Bromac, given the run of the race in the trail by Blair Orange, turned his form around with his first win for 11 months at Oamaru on Sunday, September 15.
He rallied strongly to hold favourite Cam Before The Storm by two lengths in the Fat Sally’s Bar & Grill Handicap Pace, pacing the 2600m in a smart 3:17 for the 2-3 win grade, the leaders running their last 800m in 57.6s.
Fair Dinkum Bromac notched the first leg of an Oamaru double for the defunct but undeniably successful sire Falcon Seelster.
Franco Ledger, a top-performing entire son by Falcon, scored his second consecutive win in the day’s feature, the Group three $25,000 PGG Wrighston Hannon Memorial, going only 0.4 of a second quicker over the same trip, however the cup horses were quicker over their last 800m in 54.3s.
The winning turnaround for Fair Dinkum Bromac, the seventh favourite in a nine horse field, stunned co-owner Neil Kingston.
“He was funny,” Mark said.
“He said that he’d been that disappointed for so long he couldn’t get excited !”
It was decided to try a new barn with Fair Dinkum Bromac after earlier winning three for Ashburton trainer John Hay.
Fair Dinkum Bromac won at his fourth start since joining the Overport Lodge stable.
Trainer Mark Jones said Fair Dinkum Bromac is in for another change.
He about to join the new Woodend beach satellite arm of the stable.
“Regan Todd is moving out there in the next week or two as we’ve leased boxes for those we think will benefit from beach training,” Mark said
It is felt Fair Dinkum Bromac, now seven and the winner of just over $39,000 from four wins and 15 placings from 62 starts, could gain a new lease on life with a change in routine.