Race 1: Louise Chapple Plate (1000m)
1st The Seductress – Jye McNeil
2nd Tokelau – Daniel Moor
3rd China Dream – Craig Newitt
Najmaat and The Seductress were the best out but couldn’t cross as Tokelau and Gatlinburg gathered pace. China Dream was stranded three deep and Mrs Martin followed him forward. Tokelau held them out and The Seductress sat on her outside. China Dream kept creeping on while Najmaat was being niggled at on the turn. Gatlinburg was already struggling at that point and Shadow Prince went by him. Najmaat was being held up for a run passing the 300m as Tokelau and The Seductress kicked away with China Dream still there and they were well clear of the remainder. The Seductress had the head in front 100m and just edged clear late. Tokelau stuck on very well as did China Dream who kept Najmaat out of a place. Running on from the back was Jackanory when the race was all over. Najmaat appeared to have every chance in the closing stages but wasn’t beaten far.
Follow: China Dream was excellent with a wide run and Jackanory hit the line nicely too.
Race 2: Chris Boothroyd Handicap (1600m)
1st Anaphora – Jye McNeil
2nd Yellen – Ben Melham
3rd Prepee – Cory Parish
Prepee bounded straight on the lead and was unchallenged early. Defrost My Heart sat up second around Kaniana and Yellenhad plenty of cover next. Anaphora followed and Lady Cumquat trailed them. Little to no change to the 600m with Kaniana the first to be pushed along. Prepee had them running along okay and the stayer Defrost My Heart was a bit flat footed. Yellen worked around her on the turn and Anaphora ran right up behind Defrost My Heart and into a pocket. Prepee had a good kick early in the straight and slipped away. Yellen was running on without dashing while Defrost My Heart caused all sorts of trouble for Anaphora who was trying to get through between her and Kaniana. Yellen looked to have Prepee covered at that stage but the leader wouldn’t surrender while Anaphora finally squeezed through and made a late dive between them to post a very game, and overdue, win. Yellen had every possible chance while Prepee ran out of her skin. Lady Cumquat ran on from last while Kaniana disappointed after a perfect run. Anaphora had no luck but was still far too good.
Race 3: Summer Championship Heat (1800m)
1st Tashbeeh – Tom Marquand
2nd Radical – Regan Bayliss
3rd River’s Lane – Michael Dee
Patchy start and Master Reset was left in front with River’s Lane keeping him company. Kincaple Chief was stuck wide on a slow tempo so rushed around to take up the running. Tashbeeh wound up in the one-one with Radical on his inside and Hero Master at the back. Once Kincaple Chief found the lead here put the brakes on and there was no change until the 800m when Hero Master whipped around to third to try and get them moving. Tashbeeh let him go and continued to get good cover. Kincaple Chief was being pushed coming to the turn as River’s Lane strode alongside again and Hero Master kept his move going. Tashbeeh had to wait behind them while Radical was tracking his every move. River’s Lane grabbed Kincaple Chief on the turn but couldn’t get away from early on. Tashbeeh worked into the clear to his outside and Radical chimed in with his run wider out. Tashbeeh and Radical swept past River’s Lane 200m out and battled it out to the line with Tashbeeh keeping him to about a neck’s margin on the line. River’s Lane tipped Kincaple Chief out of a place but only about three lengths between the six runners.
Follow: Radical was only second-up and looks ready to win.
Race 4: Helen Cox Handicap (1800m)
1st Yulong Baby – Michael Dee
2nd Flying Light – Luke Currie
3rd Prima – Jake Bayliss
Tempered gathered pace from the inside to hold the lead over Praecereus. Bullish Stock had the box seat with Flying Lightoutside. Prima was trapped around them and improved into second going up the hill. Yulong Baby settled three back on the fence after easing from the outside alley. Tempered seemed to go along untroubled with Prima not pressuring but the tempo increased when Flying Light made a move before the 600m. Zandarral jumped onto his back for a cart home and they bunched right up with Yulong Baby relegated to last on the fence. Flying Light took over from Prima at the 300m while Tempered gave in quickly. Bullish Stock worked into the clear in plenty of time while Yulong Baby also found room getting to the extreme outside. Flying Light had trouble getting away from Prima as Yulong Baby started to wind up and he had no answer to her finish. Despite finding an awkward spot Yulong Baby was still too good and all honours to her. Flying Light ran another honest race while Prima was also game. Bullish Stock ran to about his level next.
Follow: stick with the winner.
Race 5: Jack Dunn Handicap (1200m)
1st Golden Spin – Tom Sadler
2nd He’s A Moral – Harry Coffey
3rd Magna Rossa – Katelyn Mallyon
Competitive early as Golden Spin tried to cross from the outside and eventually managed to find the fence. Magna Rossa was left three wide as Runson kicked up in the middle. He’s A Moral let them go and had the box seat inside Chase The Horizon. Golden Spin had Runson struggling coming to the home turn while Magna Rossa was still travelling okay wider out. He’s A Moral had to wait while Chase The Horizon was under pressure to pick them up and Land Of Freedom ran past him on the bend. Golden Spin went for home soon after and had a break on He’s A Moral left a bit flat but into the clear and Magna Rossa boxing on and nothing was making any impact from the back. They handed it to Golden Spin and he was far too quick in the last 600m. He’s A Moral had his chance while Magna Rossa was brave on the speed. Land Of Freedom worked home without threatening. The winner has put four on end and might be a handy type in the making.
Follow: outside the winner, forgive Magna Rossa.
Race 6: Timothy Rourke Handicap (1400m)
1st Jacqui’s Joy – Harry Coffey
2nd Majestic Lass – Ben Melham
3rd Egypt – James Winks
Single Note jumped well and went with Giggly early before the latter crossed to the lead. Majestic Lass was in the clear next. A gap to Jacqui’s Joy up a lot closer from a better gate and Egypt was with her. Tracking them were Devilishly and Drawn To You in what was a strung out field. Giggly was a clear leader mid race before Majestic Lass moved a bit closer around Single Note. Jacqui’s Joy also improved to track Majestic Lass everywhere while Egypt stayed a couple of lengths back. Giggly was a beaten horse on the turn and Majestic Lass and Jacqui’s Joy claimed her quickly, settling down to a two horse war from the 300m. Devilishly tried to run on wider out while Egypt and Single Note tried to rally. Majestic Lass had about a head on Jacqui’s Joy at the 100m but Jacqui’s Joy had something left and just got the better in the last few strides for her third straight win. A gap to Egypt just ahead of Single Note. Devilishly had her chance while Miss Clooney ran on when it was all over. The first two home had a bit on the rest of them.
Follow: Majestic Lass had a tougher run than the winner, look for her to atone.
Race 7: Ewen Stafford Handicap (1400m)
1st Fast Approaching – Nick Hall
2nd Baby Don’t Cry – Jason Benbow
3rd Tuff Host – Michael Dee
Fast Approaching beat them out but went looking for something to lead and The New Boy obliged. Oltre Finito made him work a bit to get to the front while Baby Don’t Cry landed in behind them. Rose Of Texas and Tuff Host settled a couple back and Bel Rhythm was around midfield. The New Boy strode out a couple clear of Oltre Finito mid race and that had Baby Don’t Cry under a bit of pressure to stay with them. Fast Approaching was still following his stablemate while Rose Of Texas was best of the rest chasing them. The New Boy had it to the 200m until Fast Approaching swept up, possibly a bit sooner than planned. Baby Don’t Cry rallied to go with him and that fired Fast Approaching up again and he forged clear late. Possibly her birthday here, as the runner-up was coming off being a beaten favourite in a weaker race, but a solid win. The New Boy weakened late and Tuff Host sailed down the outside to tip him out of third after looking to drop the bit on the turn. Rose Of Texas was close up and they got away from the rest headed by Koroibete making good late ground.
Follow: Tuff Host was only second-up and still has upside.
Race 8: Billie Swan Handicap (1200m)
1st Duke Of Brunswick – Nick Hall
2nd Nicoscene – Tom Sadler
3rd Taddei Tondo – Steven Arnold
Sandhill Flash made a dash for the lead from a wide gate and crossed Kievann and Nicoscene who eased to be third. Mighty Like was beaten for pace over the short trip and was next with Duke Of Brunswick recovering from a scratchy start. Mister Milton was stuck outside them while Herstory looked to be going a bit hard just off midfield. Sandhill Flash didn’t offer much resistance when Kievann challenged on the bend and Nicoscene loomed three out. Duke Of Brunswick was being pushed along at the 400m but started to warm up and he had them covered a long way from home. Mighty Like was in behind them and worked off the fence to run on. Duke Of Brunswick cruised to the lead inside the 200m and broke right away. Nicoscene was no match but staved the rest off for second and Taddei Tondo made a late burst to join and head Mister Milton and Mighty Like on the line. Herstory was quite disappointing considering her ability beating only one home.
Follow: none away from the winner, who had a bit on them.
Race 9: Summer Championship Heat (1600m)
1st Sadaqa – Ben Thompson
2nd Bass Strait – Ben Melham
3rd British General – Jess Payne
British General was ridden with purpose to lead and Sadaqa let him go with Commanding Time on their inside. Star Rollingwas up handy while Volcanic Ash was stranded three wide up the hill. Fast And Free improved after being a shade slow out to be between Ihtsahymn and Bass Strait. British General was largely left alone in the lead with Sadaqa happy to just track him. Volcanic Ash was still wide around Star Rolling and Commanding Time and trying to be held together. The bunched a little coming to the bend and British General was being challenged by Sadaqa and Star Rolling and that pushed Volcanic Ash four deep. Fast And Free was on his inside and Bass Strait pulled out to run on. Sadaqa made a dash for the line at the 200m but didn’t exactly sprint away. He did enough to just hold on from Bass Strait hitting the line well and British General kept boxing on top just hold third. Star Rolling and Volcanic Ash were right alongside him. Plenty of excuses for Volcanic Ash after a wide run at his first go at a mile.
Follow: stay with Volcanic Ash.
Specials from the meeting: Radical, Jackanory, Majestic Lass, Tuff Host.