Just A Tribute for the Locals in Thomas Lyon Stakes

Mark Smith - Sunday February 11

A blowout for punters in the Listed Magic Millions Thomas Lyons Stakes at Hobart as Carleen Hefel came with a barnstorming finish from last on the Street Boss (USA) gelding Just A Tribute.

Trained by local legend  Gary White, the 6-year-old gelding broke through at stakes level by defeating the Tasmanian Stakes winner First Accused (Turffontein) by a half-length, with the leader Turk Warrior hanging on for third.


A homebred for Eddie Hirsch, Jut A Tribute began life with John Salanitri in Victoria before transferring to While.

The son of Street Boss (USA) advances his record to seven wins, five seconds, and five thirds from 33 starts with earnings of $192,175.

Just A Tribute finished sixth in the race last year behind the top-class The Inevitable.

“I have to thank Eddie Hirch and all the staff. Eddie trusted us with the horse, and he said to have a throw at the stumps,” White said.

“I have won this race a few times and wanted to add another one before I retire.

“He is a much better horse this year than last year, as he had an issue with his throat.”

Just A Tribute (image Racing Photos)

A half-brother to the talented Pacific Ruby (Krmadec), who reeled off four consecutive wins in Melbourne for Ciaron Maher & David Eustace, Just A Tribute is one of three winners from five to race for the Encosta de Lago mare Laura's Charm.

The winner of the Group II MVRC Sunline Stakes and Group III VRC Schweppervescence Trophy (Frances Tressady Stakes), Laura's Charm was a $55,000 purchase at the Patinack Dispersal in 2014.

A half-sister to the Group III Red Anchor Stakes winner Corton Charlemagne, Laura's Charm has a 2-year-old sister to Just A Tribute, a yearling colt by Rich Enuff, and foaled a Kermadec colt in December.

Just A Tribute is the 68th black-type winner worldwide for Darley Stud’s Street Cry (IRE) stallion Street Boss (USA).



Race Result - Magic Millions Thomas Lyons Stakes LR 1400m

Hobart Track: Good(4) Time: 1:25.31
Just A Tribute
- 6g Street Boss (USA) x Laura's Charm (AUS) (Encosta De Lago (AUS))
Tnr: G S White Rdr: Carleen Hefel 59
First Accused
- 6g Turffontein (AUS) x Keep On Talking (USA) (Royal Academy (USA))
Tnr: G J Stevenson Rdr: Codi Jordan 59
MM Tasmanian Yearling Sale $16,000
Seller: Motree Thoroughbreds Waterhouse Tas
Buyer: Andrew Scanlon
Turk Warrior
- 5g Outreach (AUS) x Ehor (AUS) (Val Royal (FR))
Tnr: G J Stevenson Rdr: B Muhcu 59
Alpine Wolf
- 5g Alpine Eagle (AUS) x Copper Dancer (AUS) (West Quest (CAN))
Tnr: Barry Campbell Rdr: Craig Williams 59
Nicco The Greek
- 5g Nicconi (AUS) x Lady Min (AUS) (Nothin' Leica Dane (AUS))
Tnr: J L Keys Rdr: D Pires 59
- 7g Akeed Mofeed (GB) x Essence (AUS) (Fastnet Rock (AUS))
Tnr: J K Blacker Rdr: C Newitt 59
Geegees Gemstone
- 4g Alpine Eagle (AUS) x Gee Gees Top Notch (AUS) (Wordsmith (AUS))
Tnr: S Gandy Rdr: A Darmanin 59
Hellova Night
- 6g Night Of Thunder (IRE) x Radha Rani (AUS) (Delago Brom (AUS))
Tnr: T W Evans Rdr: M Ulucinar 59
Bello Beau
- 4g Brazen Beau (AUS) x Bella Princess (AUS) (Flying Spur (AUS))
Tnr: Adam Trinder Rdr: J Maskiell 59
Shot of Irish
- 9g Canford Cliffs (IRE) x La Signorina (AUS) (Distorted Humor (USA))
Tnr: J L Keys Rdr: Jye McNeil 59
King Island
- 7g Toronado (IRE) x No Push Over (AUS) (Brief Truce (USA))
Tnr: Angela Brakey Rdr: Chelsea Baker 59
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