Springside's Midnight Romba wins maiden race

It took seven career starts but race favourite Midnight Romba ($2.50) broke through for her first career win at Kennerson Park in the Jumping Castle On Track Today Maiden (450 metres) on Monday.

TIGHT RACE: Midnight Romba (in green) and Iron George (in red) go head-to-head in the Jumping Castle On Track Day Maiden. Photo: CHRIS SEABROOK

TIGHT RACE: Midnight Romba (in green) and Iron George (in red) go head-to-head in the Jumping Castle On Track Day Maiden. Photo: CHRIS SEABROOK

She had come extremely close to win in her only other start at Bathurst, losing by a nose to Peek’s Gold on December 18.

Trained and owned by Springside-based Kylie McDonald, Wes McDonald said it was good to see the two-year-old black bitch pick up her first win.

“It was about time she won a race,” he said.

“She showed she can run.

“We [Wes and Kylie] won a race last night [Sunday], so it’s been pretty good.”

Midnight Romba started from box six and took the lead from Iron George ($14) and Jacobite Mouse ($5.50). 

Iron George was Midnight Romba’s biggest threat and briefly led heading into the home straight. 

However, Midnight Romba was strong enough to finish first ahead of Iron George.

Irinka Josh ($3.60), trained by Raymond Smith, finished just outside the placings in fourth, while Stephen Cleary’s Tiny Grant ($12.50) came fifth.

Allen Elway ($16) came sixth, Fittler ($7) finished in seventh place and No More Bear ($18) finished in last.

McDonald said Midnight Romba is an easy dog to train. 

“Training is pretty easy. She does her own kind of stuff,” he said.

“She was given to us a brew bitch, not broken in. The rest of her litter has won group races.

“We’ll probably bring her back here.”