Innocent romps it in
TRAINER John Shelton and owner Pat Bramich are weighing up the options for smart sprinter Innocenttassie after the gelding romped away with his second straight win at Grafton yesterday. Innocenttassie was sent out favourite at $2.30 in the fourth event, the Big River Pizza Class 2 over 1000 metres. Claiming apprentice Ben Looker jumped the three-year-old well out of the barrier and had him settled in fourth spot at the turn on the rain-affected (heavy 7) track. When Looker popped the question, Innocenttassie responded and swooped on the leaders to win going away by two lengths. Crystal Moss and Vain Ignatius filled the placings. Shelton said after the race he held high hopes for the gelding, a half-brother to the trainer's former top performer, Sir Dan. "We haven't decided exactly where we'll go with Innocenttassie," Shelton said. "Maybe we'll take him to Brisbane for the Winter Carnival, or we may go to Sydney for a class three event." Shelton said whatever direction was taken, it was likely the Mr Innocent gelding would be looking for extra distance. "It looks 1200 is his go now," he said. Innocenttassie was backing up from his last run at Grafton on April 27, when he beat Promised by four lengths over 1000 metres on a dead track. Bookmakers got off to a good start at Grafton yesterday when another locally-trained contender, Mr Explosive, took the opening event, the Caringa Enterprises maiden over 1000 metres. Having his fast start since January, the Bruce Swan-trained three-year-old colt got the chocolates and paid $9.60. The well-supported Half Made was second, ahead of outsider Missy Meow. Local connections struck again in race two, when jockey Alan Robinson steered Leica Plateau ($4.80) to victory in the 1200m Knacks With Pizzazz Class 1. Trained at Grafton by Phil McLeod, Leica Plateau hadn't had a race run since January and relished the going. He beat Promised and Dream Spirit. The Coffs Harbour-trained Medieval Countess didn't let her backers down when the filly took race three, the 1600m Clarence Business Centre maiden. Trained by Brett Bellamy and Ridden by Darron Coleman, Medieval Countess ($4.60) finished ahead of Danebell and Aglazed. Bellamy made it a double for the day when Simple Plan (Daniel Baker) took race five, the Clarence Consultants 1200m maiden. Simple Plan jumped from barrier 15 and finished strongly to beat Phillipa's Music and Prince Shoemaker.