have been officially still winter but the weather put on the perfect
spring day for racing and in the first race it may have only been a
small field but every runner had been a 2yo winner the previous season
apart from last start winners Forest Elbow & Arjae. In the run to
the line it was Cash is Coming who dominated racing away to win by
nearly 4 lengths from Arjae with Murtle Turtle third. Cash is
Coming is trained by K Sweeney and was ridden by J Kah and took her
record to 7 starts 2 wins and 2 placings. The next race was also
for 3yos and all but one were prior winners in the 9 horse field.
Thomason was in front and looking to be in the finish when Kushadasi
stormed home down the outside to race away to win by 2 1/2 lengths from
Bardem with Thomason third. Kushadasi takes his record to 3 starts
for 2 wins and a second beaten a nose and is from the stable of R Jolly
and was ridden by P Gatt.
The K Sweeney stable made it
an early double when Our Belvoir sprinted late to a clear win from Laugh
at Life with Sandhill Jett third. Ridden by C Lindop Our Belvoir
took her record to 39 starts for 5 wins and 11 placings. In the
next Our Littletreasure caught the eye in the straight with a finishing
burst but it was Visual Impact who came with her that ultimately proved
too winning by a nose with Suki third. The race made it win number
3 for the day for the K Sweeney stable and a double for C Lindop.
The next race had plenty of good performances with Debeersonus leading
for most of the race while Grey Mustang was towards the back early
before finding a path through the field to have a two horse war with
Debeersonus and as they hit the line Grey Mustang got the stride in to
win by a nose while Brimming was third. Brimming had taken a while
to find his stride early and then coming to the turn hopes of getting to
the outside were given up as the bulk of the field fanned wide.
Being a first starter the inexperienced big horse didn't want to go up
the inside and finally found a gap before getting clear and storming
home but all too late beaten less than 2 lengths. Grey
Mustang takes his record to 21 starts for 4 wins and 4 placings and
brought up a double for both trainer R Jolly and jockey P Gatt.
The Victorians finally found
success in race 6 with Beware of the Storm trained by J McArthur of
Terang too good for Puzzleman with Dylanson third. The next saw
Richie's Vibe from the P Beshara stable defeat Psychic Mick trained by D
Clarken with Mr Good Cat third. The irony is that both trainers
were in Melbourne with their Group 1 performers Miracles of Life and
Happy Trails and had travelled there together. Richie's Vibe has
now had 4 starts for 3 wins and was first up for his new stable.
In the last race Starkiato
defeated Fidesdi with Lilgiggleo running on well from a mile back to
claim third. By Starcraft the 5yo takes his record to 21 starts
for 4 wins and 4 placings.
Next week is one of the feature meetings of the year with the
celebration of the Irish v Australia Jumps jockey challenge with Irish
Day at Morphettville. Please be aware that the Melbourne group of
anti racing protestors are likely to return and stand outside the Tram
gate entrance. Please ignore them and walk on past (I know its
hard when they have the loud hailer up at full volume) and then if you
take offence at the loud hailer, their banners or they say anything to
you report it to security, police and/or the club - do not react to them
yourself. Or simply go through the Morphettville main entrance via
the members car park and avoid them altogether.