Trots: Mad Robber completes full circle for his sire Robin Hood

MAD Robber completed a full circle for his sire Robin Hood at Ballarat harness races on Tuesday night.

He became the first progeny of former champion Robin Hood to win on the track.

Bray Raceway was the setting for one of Robin Hood’s greatest triumphs – the 2006 Ballarat Pacing Cup.

Also trained by Smythes Creek-based Peter Tonkin, Mad Robber ($2.50 favourite) had his third career win in the Bob Freeman Memorial 3yo Pace, 2200m.

Despite his outstanding race record – 24 wins for almost $800,000 in stakes – Robin Hood has had only limited opportunities at stud.

He has had just seven of progeny get to the races, with four winners.

WHATA Punt ($1.10 favourite) set the track alight.

He sizzled home in 1:54.1 for South Ecklin trainer-driver Matthew Craven in the Len Fulton Memorial C4-C5 Pace, 1710m.

The five-year-old led and ran his last 800m in 55.8 seconds.

The four-year-old now has eight wins in 20 starts.

Whata Punt was part of a driving treble and training double for Craven, who also scored on his own first-starter Roy George ($1.50 favourite) in the Keith Bray Memorial C0 Pace, 1710m, and the Ashleigh Herbertson-trained Ithappenstbeametro ($5.60) in the Eric White Memorial 4yo/older pace, 2200m.

It was almost 12 months to the day since the Ithappenstbeametro had had her previous win on March 7 last year.

PACIFIC Maddi ($19.8) provided one of the upsets of the night in the Kevin Foley Memorial C1/better Handicap, 2200m.

Prepared by the Allendale father and son team of Allan and Adam Stephens, Pacific Maddi had only her second lifetime win.

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