The Border Watch : January 16th 2015
44 BORDERTOWN GALLOPS CaLL MarIjan TOs On (08) 8723 3231 VISIT US ONLINE borderwatch.com.au 660023 Tyres, Mags, rePaIrs & aLL 4X4 aCCessOrIes sUPPLIeD & FITTeD All brAnds 332 COMMerCIaL sT WesT www.mtwheels.com.au Bordertown’s halo continues to shine Leading trainers supporting Sunday’s meeting N GALLOPS CaLL MarIjan TOs On (08) 8723 3231 VISIT US ONLINE borderwatch.com.au 660023 Tyres, Mags, rePaIrs & aLL 4X4 aCCessOrIes sUPPLIeD & FITTeD All brAnds 332 COMMerCIaL sT WesT www.mtwheel ERTOWN GALLOPS CaLL MarIjan TOs On (08) 8723 3231 VISIT US ONLINE borderwatch.com.au 660023 Tyres, Mags, rePaIrs & aLL 4X4 aCCessOrIes sUPPLIeD & FITTeD All brAnds 332 COMMerCIaL sT WesT www.mtwheels.com.au Bordertown’s halo continues to shine Leading trainers supporting Sunday’s meeting OPENING OPENING RACE: After running second at Penola last week, Sandhill Flyer is heavily favoured to go one better on his home track at Bordertown this Sunday. ANY proof of how far the Bordertown Racing Club has come in recent years can be gauged by the bigger name trainers heading there with runners for its January meeting this Sunday. To have the likes of Adelaide trainers Will Clarken and Mark Minervini, plus Angaston’s Tony McEvoy, accepting with runners for what is basically a run-of-the-mill seven race card is a feather in the cap for any South Australian country club. Making the long trip from Traralgon in Gippsland (Victoria), a round trip of around 1400 kilometres, is trainer Robert Lont with three runners. Lont obviously loves travelling with his gallopers as the previous meeting he attended with his team was at the Sapphire Coast (near Bega in southern New South Wales). We are accustomed to seeing Mount Gambier trainer Dean Saxon bob up at race meetings long distances from the Limestone Coast, but his efforts pale into insignificance compared with that of Lont. Good rains already in 2015 have been well received by Bordertown racecourse curator Peter “Thunder” Murch, with falls of 17mms and 20mms received in separate bursts at the Tatiara track. PREMIERSHIP CHALLENGE: Dominic Tourneur is charging up the leaderboard in the Limestone Coast jockeys’ premiership for 2014-15. “The rain was much needed on the track and it’s actually a dark green colour, something I’ve never seen here at Bordertown before. There should be plenty of growth by Sunday as the track was last cut on Monday,” Murch stated. The opening race on Sunday is the Dennis Murch Memorial maiden, in honour of the former president, long serving committeeman and tireless worker for the Bordertown club who died suddenly in late 2014. There is a strong chance a local could win the race as Sandhill Flyer (trained by Sam Turner), Bonny Blonde (Darryl Dodson) and Lolotea (Jeff Searle) all have undeniable winning chances. The omen tip has to be Bonny Blonde, to be ridden by the blonde apprentice Caitlin Jones, drawn well in gate four and with two pleasing runs (a third at Naracoorte and a fourth at Penola) in the past three weeks. All eyes will be on the McEvoy runner Bold Jazz, a three-yearold gelding having only his second start following a debut fifth at Morphettville in a Saturday maiden in late December. Aiming for the hat-trick RIDING TRIO: Chelsea Jokic has a book of three rides at Bordertown on Sunday, Shelly Ann (Race 2), Woobinda Keepa (Race 4) and Helandy (Race 7). 44 - The Border Watch, Friday, January 16, 2015 SCRATCHED from Adelaide last Saturday due to the wet track, the Darryl Dodson trained MAKING HIS MARK: Millicent veteran jockey, Paul Marks has three riding engagements for Sunday at Bordertown, Hasta La Bernie (Race 2), Vilify (Race 4) and Adios Atlantis (Race 7). Bernie’s Boy should find a surface to his liking in Sunday’s feature race, the 2000 metre Benchmark 72 handicap. The fact that Dodson thought highly enough of Bernie’s Boy’s recent wins on the country circuit at Bordertown and Naracoorte to warrant a start in the city suggest the seven-year-old gelding will be hard to beat on his home terrain on Sunday. Bernie’s Boy is stepping up in grade from 0-68 company at Naracoorte where he left his rivals standing at the top of the straight, and he will need to be at his best to make it the hat-trick of victories. Stable jockey Holly McKechnie is back in the saddle on Sunday, replacing apprentices Caitlin Jones and Chelsea Hall who guided the stayer to his most recent wins. There is no doubt that the top weight Caton is the one to beat and possibly deserves to start favourite. Although Caton has not won from eight starts this campaign, he has been racing in much stronger open company in the Clare Cup (third), Bordertown Cup (third) and last Sunday’s Strathalbyn Cup (sixth). In all of those runs, he was beaten by Tatiara gallopers Texan Warney (twice) and Sandhill Chief. Puzzleman is well named as his three runs this time in work (all unplaced) have been nothing to rave about, but he was a model of consistency in staying races before going for a spell last year (two wins and four seconds). Back on her home track, consideration should be given to Belle Of The South for the multiple forms of betting. ‘D day’ for Royalconi IN the spring of 2013, a fouryear-old galloper by the name of Royalconi had racegoers on both sides of the border questioning just how good the Michael O’Leary trained gelding might be. Royalconi won his first two races at Donald and Mount Gambier in convincing fashion in the space of seven weeks before being sidelined by injury. Thirteen months later, Royalconi returned to racing with a seventh of 15 at Warrnambool on December 28 and was never a winning possibility. Has the gelding come back to racing as good as hoped? Sunday just may be “D day” for Royalconi. In Sunday’s 1100 metre 0-68 handicap, Royalconi will carry top weight of 58.5 kilograms after the 1.5 kilogram claim for Caitlin Jones. At his best, Royalconi should win by panels of fencing which is undoubtedly what his six owners will have their fingers crossed for. The way Shiso brought about the undoing of the red hot favourite Royal Spinner at Naracoorte on December 28 suggests the mare will be the measuring stick for Royalconi. Shiso was specked from $13 to $11 that day and led from pillar to post, and Royal Spinner has franked that form with an easy win at Penola last Thursday. The winning strike rate in the Limestone Coast for Gawler trainer Gary Searle (brother of Bordertown trainer Jeff Searle) has soared to new levels this season, and he puts the polish on Zandervan, also a speedy type who led and then tired for third at his home track on Christmas Eve. Best bets: Bernie’s Boy (win; race five); Night News (each way; race seven); Holly McKechnie (jockey’s challenge). Best outsiders: Emwood (race four); Puzzleman (race five).
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