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Oakbank Races - Pictorial Report

21 April  2014

The second day of the carnival opened with a race for fillies and mares and it was Goodfun Girl who was too good winning from Quick Lover with Forever Discreet third.  The 3yo Hcp was next where House of Wax was too strong in a three way finish defeating Deflection with Thomason third.

The first of the jumps races was next with the Yalumba Classic Hurdle (registered as the Harry D Young Hurdle).  Fair Script and Funded went to the early lead from Dubhdara then Clangor followed by He's Hot to Trot and Trenchtown.  Into the straight along the back on the first lap Funded led from Dubhdara then Fair Script and Clangor followed by He's Hot to Trot.  Into the home straight the first time and Funded led Dubhdara then a line of three of Fair Script, Clangor and He's Hot to Trot then Trenchtown and Mateo.  Over the second in the straight Dubhdara outjumped Funded to take a narrow led with Clangor third from Fair Script.  Into the back straight again and Funded kicked to a clear lead then Dubhdara as Clangor was third from Trenchtown then He's Hot to Trot.  Dubhdara took the lead as they started the long turn for home from Funded who was starting to tire with He's Hot to Trot putting in his bid from Trenchtown and Mateo.  Over the second last and both Trenchtown and Mateo put in their challenges to Dubhdara from Scotland the Brave who started to run on from He's Hot to Trot.  The three leaders were spread across the track to the last jump where Dubhdara put in a huge leap to clear it well and gain an advantage over Trenchtown who catleapt the last as did Mateo with Take Out running on from well back.  In the run to the line Dubhdara was just too good coming away to win from Trenchtown with Mateo third and Take Out fourth as all horses completed the course.  Dubhdara is making a habit of winning feature jumps races in SA with this race added to the two previous SA Grand National Hurdles.

The COuntry CUp was next where Prestige Glen made a strong run from well back up the home straight to come away to win from Set On Stone with Stable Star third.  It was then time for the main race of the day the Great Eastern Steeplechase.  Riviera Star led early from Rangatira with The Democrat moving up to third ahead of Jooli Lad and Prussian Officer the Lord of the Song.  Over the log Riviera Star led from Rangatira then Jooli Lad and The Democrat with Lord of the Song next with Prussian Officer.  Over the second last jump before the home straight Riviera Star misjudged the fence and knuckled on landing unseating his jockey while Rangatira was left alone in front from Jolli Lad and The Democrat.  In the home straight on the first lap Rangatira led The Democrat and Rangatira with Lord of the Song next then Prussian Officer with the riderless Riviera Star trying to slot in on the outside.  Heading up to the log for the second time Rangatira put on the pace racing away with a huge lead from Jooli Lad and The Democrat then Prussian Officer followed by Lord of the Song and Hempstead with the riderless Riviera Star continuing to stay with the field over the jumps.  Rangatira held his huge lead over the two leading back to the home straight followed by Jooli Lad and The Democrat then Lord of the Song with Hempstead next.  Riderless Riviera Star dodged around the log then jumped the next jump before deciding he'd had enough past the hedge when he stumbled ducking around the outside before being caught (making use of the newly installed option this year and was soon caught and led through the newly installed gate next to the last jump - these improvements have made it a lot easier for all to access and pass through that part of the track and is a lot safer now there is the option to go through there for those retired from the race). Heading up to the log for the final time Jooli Lad started to make ground on the leading Rangatira then The Democrat from Prussian Officer with Lord of the Song next.  Over the one after the log and Lord of the Song set out to challenge Rangatira with Jooli Lad next then Prussian Officer with It's The Truth starting to run on from the back from The Democrat as Hempstead and Montefalco were both retired from the race after losing ground over the log.   Over the second last Lord of the Song joined Rangatira with It's The Truth joining Jooli Lad for the battle for third until the latter also knuckled on landing falling in front of Prussian Officer with The Democrat well back.  Lord of the Song charged to the front over the last and raced away down to the straight to cruise to victory from Rangatira with It's The Truth third from Prussian Officer and The Democrat.  Both horses that parted ways with their jockeys were quickly caught and were floated back to the stalls to save time to reopen the track (as the track crossings are opened as soon as the horses have returned to the mounting yard after each race).

In the next race Our Snippy just held off Meadows Jim to win with Marble Rye third while race 7 the MAC over Just Don't Drive Hcp went to Counter Spin from Dreamtime Baby with Phoenix Arizona third.  Chestnut Charlie defeated Lord Ashford and Lightning Drew in the last the Barry Biggs Memorial Hcp.           


Race 1 - Musgrove/Wheeler Life Members Hcp
Race 2 - Young Members Hcp
Race 3 - Yalumba Classic Hurdle
Race 4 - Neutrog Johnston Country Cup
Race 5 - Thomas Foods International Great Eastern Steeplechase
Race 6 Coca Cola Hcp

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