Race 1 – Ascend Sale Trophies Handicap (1200m)
1st Flash Fibian – Tye Angland
2nd Gibraltar Girl – Rory Hutchings
3rd Lubiton – Kerrin McEvoy
Lubiton found the front from Palladian its outside. Baltic Whisper was on the leaders back. It was a length back to Mega Wall then a further length to Flash Fibian, then followed Phuket, and Gibraltar Girl was bringing up the rear seven lengths from the leader.
On the swing for home and Lubiton rolled off the fence presenting a run for Baltic Whisper. Gibraltar Girl peeled to the middle of the track and was letting down strongly and Flash Fibian was looking for a run between horses. At the 150m mark the run of Gibraltar Girl had peaked and Flash Fibian got the split required to just nose out Gibraltar Girl, with Lubiton continuing to whack away into third. Nothing else looked a winning chance.
Race 2 – Promaster Protection Handicap (1400m)
1st Girl Sunday – James Innes (a)
2nd Dixie Chick – Tye Angland
3rd Firebird Flyer – Tim Clark
Girl Sunday found a very easy lead a couple lengths in front of Air Apparent and Dixie Chick its outside. It was a length back to Maraam, then another length to Zelda who was caught wide. Blendwell was seeing them all and ten lengths from the leader.
Heading for home and Girl Sunday gave a strong kick with the only other winning chance looking like Dixie Chick who had pulled to the middle of the straight to give chase. In an epic battle down the straight Girl Sunday just held on from Dixie Chick, who had its chance but was still very game in defeat. They cleared out from Firebird Flyer who battled into third.
Watch: Girl Sunday
Race 3 – TAB Highway Handicap (1100m)
1st Thelittleracketeer – Tommy Berry
2nd Hesco Gold – Kathy O’Hara
3rd Oakfield Time – Andrew Adkins (a)
Oakfield Time found the front and was being pestered by Brat Attack its outside. Next was a line of three: Yours Mine Ours was third and three wide, Madam Fran the middle and Touch Sensitive the leaders back. It was a length back to Akasaki who was third wide with a trail then came Hesco Gold, Thelittleracketeer and Somebody. Cant Skate the roughie was last and seven lengths off the lead.
Into the straight and its a race of many chances, Yours Mine Ours and Akasaki joined the leaders making a line of four. Thelittleracketeer was looking for a run along with Hesco Gold. Touch Sensitive was sticking to the fence. At the 150m and the split came for Thelittleracketeer who sprinted quickly to score from Hesco Gold, who ran well. Oakfield Time fought on strongly down the straight to hold third. Another very competitive TAB Highway event .
Race 4 – Jaydub Electrical Handicap (2000m)
1st Multifacets – Tommy Berry
2nd Not A Gypsy– Kerrin McEvoy
3rd Herne’s Oak – Deanne Panya (a)
The Bull pinged the lids and found the front from Mr Steal who was a length behind. Not A Gypsy was a further length back, then came Herne’s Oak on the fence and Eschiele was trapped wide. A further length to Multifacets and Be Like Dad then came Diamond Made also trapped a touch wide. Last Try Wins was last and a long last! The pace was very good.
Heading for home and The Bull gave a strong kick, Multifacets had railed through and looked to be in the finish. Herne’s Oak and Not A Gypsy both grinding away at the leader. At the 100m mark and The Bull’s early work had told as he folded up. Multifacets swept through to claim victory, with Not A Gypsy (who now looks ready) and Herne’s Oak filling the minor placings.
Watch: Not A Gypsy
Race 5 – ABA Automatic Entrance Specialists Handicap (1100m)
1st Princefamous – Kerrin McEvoy
2nd Kuro – Nick Heywood (a)
3rd Press Report – Tye Angland
Princefamous found the front from Whiskey Allround the leaders back and Kuro its outside and pulling hard. It was a length to Press Report and Echo Girl. Another length to Painte, then Supreme Effort and Le Cordon Bleu was last and seven from the leader.
On the swing for home and Princefamous gave a good kick with Kuro giving chase. Press Report and Supreme Effort looking the only other chances. They had their chance to run down Princefamous but he was just too strong holding on for a good victory over Kuro. Press Report and Supreme effort both battled away soundly down the straight.
Watch: Princefamous, Press Report
Race 6 – November Topaz (1900m)
1st New Tipperary – Jay Ford
2nd Falkenberg – Kerrin McEvoy
3rd Iggi Pop – Tim Clark
Dance Of Heroes found the lead from Iggi Pop. Hippopus was in third a length back. It was a length to New Tipperary and Falkenberg another length to Slow Pace and Magicool. Then came Destiny’s Kiss, Malice and Beyond Thankful who was seeing them all and eleven lengths from the leader
On the turn and both New Tipperary and Falkenberg were shown the whip as Iggi Pop and Dance Of Heroes both kicked strongly. Halfway down the running Falkenberg and New Tipperary were both starting to respond and looking winning chances. It was a line of four at the 150m with New Tipperary out grinding Falkenberg and Iggi Pop in a tough finish.
Race 7 – TAB November Handicap (1400m)
1st Religify – Kerrin McEvoy
2nd Duca Valentinois – Johan Victorie
3rd Red Excitement – Joshua Parr
Religify found the front a length clear of Foreign Prince and Ninth Legion, a further two lengths back to Red Excitement then a further two to Marenostro. Then came Lunar Rise, Pajaro and Duca Valentinois. Berry Delicious was last and being pushed along. Pace once again was good.
On the turn and McEvoy revved up Religify who kicked well clear, the rest of the field off the bit and chasing. Red Excitement peeled out to give chase and Duca Valentinois looking like it had something to offer, nothing else was running on. The best ride won and Religify won easy from the fast finishing Duca Valentinois. Red Excitement every chance in third.
Watch: Religify, Duca Valentinois
Race 8 – Schweppes Handicap (1400m)
1st Choice We Had – Tye Angland
2nd Sir Plush – Adam Hyeronimus
3rd Most Exalted – Tim Clark
Sir Plush found the lead and was running them along a length clear of Kandinsky. It was three lengths to Quick Defence and Mon Pere. Another length to Metallic Crown and Intrepid Way, whilst Chestnut Way was trapped wide. Choice We Had was in an awkward position its inside and Most Exalted brought up the rear, ten lengths from the lead.
Into the straight and it looked a race in two, Sir Plush and Kandinsky looking to settle down to fight it out. Choice We Had was running soundly with Most Exalted from last. In the final 100m Choice We Had let down to overhaul the two leaders to win in a thrilling finish. A very gallant Sir Plush held onto second and Most Exalted ran on well along the fence without ever looking the winner third.
Watch: Sir Plush
Race 9 – Fugen Handicap (1200m)
1st Dream Lane – Christian Reith
2nd Isorich – Andrew Adkins (a)
3rd Dark Steel – Tommy Berry
Isorich and Dark Steel took up the running in the last from Quantrill on the leaders back. Sabino Speed was next and a touch wide. It was a length back to Salmanazar and Heartlings its outside and pulling for the rider. It was a further length to Dream Lane who stuck to the fence. Lycia was last and ten from the lead rounding the turn.
In the straight and it was a race of many chances: Dark Steel, Isorich, Heartlings and Sabino Speed all across the track, and Dream Lane who had stuck to the fence the whole trip looking to be in the finish. In the end the softest run won with Dream Lane never going around a horse to win from a sound Isorich and Dark Steel.