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Consistent seven-year-old Chiaroscuro caused a minor upset when he ended a losing sequence of 16 with a fast-finishing last-stride victory over the $1.65 favourite Vampiro in the $25,000 Call Garrard’s Horse And Hounds For All Your Equine Needs Pace over 2536m at Gloucester Park on Friday night.

“Now, it’s game over,” declared delighted part-owner and Banjup trainer Murray Lindau. “I’ve retired him. To win one more has been the deal. He has done a marvellous job, and part of me would love to keep going, but part of me says ‘you’ve done a great job’ and to keep smashing him against that top company is not ideal.

“I’d like to see him bow out as a winner; he deserves it. It is so hard for him to come up against the top company all the time. It is great to get this win. We have been playing against the best in the State and some of the best in the country, horses of the calibre of Chicago Bull, Mighty Conqueror, Shockwave and Vampiro.

“It’s a bit of a battle chasing those horses home. From barrier two tonight, you never know what can happen.”

Chiaroscuro, an $11.50 chance from the prized No. 1 barrier, was beaten out by Vampiro from barrier two, and Kyle Harper was happy to take the trail behind the favourite, who was not extended in covering the first three quarters of the final mile in 30.3sec., 29.9sec. and 290sec. before dashing over the final 400m in a slick 27.1sec.

Harper timed Chiaroscuro’s finishing burst to perfection and the WA-bred gelding got up in the final stride to beat Vampiro by a half-neck, rating 1.58.5. Lindau is a part-owner of Chiaroscuro, who was purchased at the 2015 Perth yearling sale by his partner Claire McNaughton for $18,500.

Chiaroscuro, a gelding by Art Major, is cleverly named, with chiaroscuro, in art, is the use of strong contrasts between light and dark.  

Lindau continued in a winning vein at Bunbury on Saturday night when his two-year-old filly Beyond The Sea, the $2.30 favourite and driven by Dylan Egerton-Green, being successful in 1.57.2 when she beat Captains Cote in a $7500 event over 1609m.

He is also looking forward for further successes with three-year-old gelding Talks Up A Storm, who was an easy winner at Gloucester Park last Tuesday evening to take his record to 17 starts for seven wins, five placings and $108,118 in prizemoney.

Beyond The Sea gave Egerton-Green the first leg of a treble at Bunbury. His other winners were Typhoon Banner ($1.04) and They Call Me Stooge ($12).  

Written by: Ken Casellas | Photo Credit: Hamilton Content Creators