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Morphettville Races - Pictorial Report

26 May 2012

The carnival may be over but racing continued at Morphettville and this week saw the first hurdle of the current season being run at racing headquarters in SA.  The season started over two months ago in early March but races had been returning to the provincial tracks including Gawler, Murray Bridge and Mt Gambier in addition to Oakbank a Easter.

While the horses were still in the yard the lawns were empty bar a couple of suspected protestors and a security guard but in the sunshine more spectators than usual came out from the main grandstand to  line the hedge on the outside as the horses made their way to the start.    After three scratchings a field of 6 lined up for the race run on the main track and raced as a tightknit group until inside the final 800m where favourite Lord of the Song and Goldtown pulled away from Sultan of Speed with Champion Chestnut running on as Its the Truth and Chatillion were retired from the race around the home turn after losing considerable ground in the wet track conditions.  Lord of the Song looked to be going easily around the home turn and put the race beyond doubt over the second last as Goldtown knuckled on landing dislodging A Lynch (who kept his feet in the dismount and actually ran out of the way on the oncoming runners) before regaining his feet and jumping the last (as seen in the photo below).  Lord of the Song cleared the last to win by a big margin to Champion Chestnut second with Sultan of Speed in third.

In the second race for the 2yos Fuming (by Testa Rossa) showed improvement over the longer journey from his previous starts to hold off the challenge from Navan Lass with Bon Ton third.  In the third race it was Fastizio (by Scenic) who made a determined run down the outside to grab the lead from Robrick inthe shadows of the post to win with Andronica third.  In race 4 it was battle up the straight as a group of horses all fought to gain the upper hand with a huge lunge on the line by Sandhill Prince proving the winning move scoring narrowly from Sky Raider who ran on along the inside and Little Akie trying hard on the outside.

The fifth race was for 3yos and drew a good field of promising horses and any one of a group could have prevailed as they turned for home but soon after it looked like the determined Our Snippy might make it two from three but in the final 50m he was run down by Avoid Lightning (by Blevic) who was also going for two wins from three starts while in third place was El Prado Gold.

Counter Sign, Gold Frenzy and Tabulated won the remaining races on the program

Race 1 - Hurdle
Race 2 - 2yo
Race 3
Race 4
Race 5

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