Vozlic supreme in Silver City
Monday, 17th February, 2020
By Michael Murphy
If you put your money on Andrew Vozlic at the Rocky Baker Memorial Paceway on Saturday night, chances are you would have walked away with a bit of money in your pocket for the rest for the night.
The Mildura driver picked up three wins and a second from four races on the local track, continuing his early dominance of the Broken Hill season.
It’s been an exceptional return to the sport for the veteran trainer-driver after a lengthy spell from harness racing thanks to a suspension. He had been disqualified after a blood test didn’t go his way a few years back, and this was then extended after officials took a dim view of him working as a farrier for other trainers while on suspension.
But he’s not wasting any time now he has the all-clear. Vozlic won the first three races on Saturday night, and is now a clear leader in the drivers’ premiership with eight wins from three meetings.
Vozlic opened up his account in a brilliant come-from-behind victory on board the Brendan Tune-trained Art of Oztreos in race one. It was the eighth-lifetime victory for the eight-year-old bay mare, which has found form on the local track after average runs in Mildura.
In the second race, Vozlic drove the highly-fancied favourite Vicstar Sharazzz, which is trained by his nephew Aaron Coad. Vicstar Sharazzz has blitzed all before it on the Broken Hill track. Saturday night’s victory was the four-year-old’s third in a row in the Silver City, and it also won two trials in January. The horse hasn’t lost a race since Coad took over its reins last year.
Completing the triple for Vozlic was Euston Flyer, a six-year-old that he also trains. Euston Flyer is familiar with the local track, previously trained by Anthony Camilleri and scoring a couple of local victories in 2018. The Flyer has been in the Vozlic camp since September last year and has raced five times in Mildura this year, only placing once.
In the fourth race, it could have easily been four from four for Vozlic, who was driving the favourite Headmaster. But crowd favourite Ashleigh Camilleri taught the southerner a lesson on board Elect To Rock, snatching the victory at a blistering pace.
“You can’t win them all,” Vozlic told the BDT.
Vozlic has been in the sport for 35 years, and made a name for himself around the Broken Hill track in the late 1990s and early 2000s when he strung together three premierships in a row.
He’s enjoying picking up the pace again.
“It’s been good, we’ve been building a team up, and have nine in work at home,” Vozlic said.
Of those nine horses, he says Euston Flyer and Headmaster are at the top of the class, but he told the BDT to keep on eye on his nephew Aaron Coad, who is showing plenty of promise in his first year of training.
Vozlic drove back to Mildura straight after the meeting on Saturday night to compete in trials yesterday.
Trainer-driver Ray Slater won the last race of the night on American Beau, notching up the four-year-old’s second victory from eight starts.