The Border Watch : January 20th 2015
SPORT NEWS TIPS email@example.com BORDERTOWN GALLOPS 35 Stewart does it again with newcomer Wins first up with Vilify at Bordertown on Sunday Rank outsider RT NEWS TIPS firstname.lastname@example.org BORDERTOWN GALLOPS 35 Stewart does it again with S TIPS email@example.com BORDERTOWN GALLOPS 35 Stewart does it again with newcomer Wins first up with Vilify at Bordertown on Sunday Rank outsider MILLICENT MILLICENT owner/trainer Craig Stewart is rapidly forging a reputation as a master of winning first up with new horses to his stable. In the past 12 months, Stewart has had immediate success with Gav’s Gift, Fort Chauvel, Tuscan Ranger and now Vilify after last Sunday’s race meeting at Bordertown. All four gallopers were previ- ously trained elsewhere in the Limestone Coast before transferring to Stewart’s stable for instant victories. Formerly with Lee Creek here at Mount Gambier, Vilify won the 1300 metre maiden plate at Bordertown after being off the scene for over 10 months. Part owner, Knud Rasmussen was all set to breed with the mare until Stewart convinced him otherwise. Previously a non winner from 29 starts but with a frustrating 14 placings to her credit, Vilify raced like a rejuvenated racehorse to comfortably break her maiden status thanks to a perfect Paul Marks ride. After settling the seven-yearold mare in behind the leaders Emwood and Sandhill Star, Vilify ($4.60-$5) always travelled like a winner from the 600 metres, and she was urged home in no uncertain manner by a vocal Stewart. “I was all set to breed from her last year, then Craig said ‘bring her back and we’ll win a race with her’ which is exactly what happened,” a happy Rasmussen said post race. At her previous start at Naracoorte on February 27 last year, Vilify only beat one runner home and the long break obviously did her no harm whatsoever. Her win was enough for Stewart to edge ahead of fellow Millicent trainer Ian “Ned” Walker in a two way tussle between the pair for the 2014-15 Limestone Coast Thoroughbred Racing owner/ trainers’ premiership. Murray Bridge trainer John Hickmott, a great supporter of country racing in South Australia, had muliple success on the day with a double as did Adelaide jockey Dominic Tourneur. That double for Tourneur has seen him jump from sixth to fourth spot on the jockeys’ premiership ladder and four wins off the leader – and now retired – Adrian Patterson. Despite perfect conditions, the crowd was sparse for the third meeting of the season in the Tatiara. THE huge tip for Mount Gambier galloper Royalconi prior to the 1100 metre 0-68 handicap was way off the mark when the gelding only beat one runner home. As much as $2.80 was bet about Royalconi by fixed odds interstate and the top weight went to the barrier as a raging $1.70 favourite. Being last out did not help his cause but he was close enough on the home turn, and it was subsequently discovered that Royalconi bled. Shiso, an all the way winner at Naracoorte on December 28, led everywhere but the final few centimetres. Victory went to the rank out- sider Quiet Chat ($31), unplaced at his eight previous runs, to give Hickmott the first leg of his double. Daring tactics worked TOURNEUR’S tactics of leading by up to eight lengths mid race on Shady Jade paid off when the grey mare ran her rivals off their legs in the 1550 metre 0-58 handicap. Her lead was reduced to three lengths on the home turn by Saturday First, but Shady Jade showed no signs of surrendering from that point onwards. CHANGE OF STABLE: Formerly from the Lee Creek stable, Vilify won first up for new trainer, Craig Stewart at Bordertown last Sunday. Flying through the grades ALSO racing with great zest now that the tracks are firm is the Darryl Dodson trained Bernie’s Boy, who made it a hat-trick of wins on local tracks in the space of four weeks. After winning a 0-62 handicap at Bordertown and a 0-68 at Naracoorte during December, Bernie’s Boy handled the rise to Benchmark 72 company on Sunday with ease to claim his 12th career win. Taking on more experienced opposition only helped the price of Bernie’s Boy, and the sevenyear-old gelding started a popular second favourite with the Tatiara faithful. The Telopea Downs based Dodson uses the Bordertown racecourse for track work with his large team and Bernie’s Boy has become a true track specialist with four wins from six starts. The Adelaide visitor Hereford, a last start winner of a class two at Gawler at his first South Australian start since arriving from New South Wales, was a surprising favourite all the way through betting and attempted to lead from start to finish. In his sights all of the way was Bernie’s Boy and the local hope had the race won at the top of the straight when he cruised to the lead. While the iron is hot, Dodson has nominated Bernie’s Boy for an even bigger test, next Sunday’s $20,000 Summer Cup over 1800 metres at Mount Gambier. The Sue Murphy stable expected a vast improvement from Puzzleman and the gelding did not disappoint, running home strongly from second last at the 1200 metres for a well beaten second. Still learning IF the Tony McEvoy stable was expecting an “easy kill” with the hot favourite Bold Jazz in the 1500 metre maiden, it received a shock. Bred and part owned by Keith Archer, a well know face on all South Australian TAB tracks, Bold Jazz was only having his second start after a debut fifth in Adelaide over Christmas. The three-year-old gelding was the stable’s only runner for the day, and Bold Jazz was “in the red” until the final few minutes of betting. With Ben Claridge not fulfilling riding commitments on Sunday, Bold Jazz was a wonderful late pick up ride for Tourneur and he Results BORDERTOWN Racing Club results from Sunday, January 18, 2015: Race 1, $8000 Dennis Murch Memorial/ SABOIS Maiden Plate, 1550m: ($2 fav.) Bold Jazz, 56.5 (D. Tourneur) 1; ($4) Sandhill Flyer, 58.0 (H. McKechnie) 2; ($8) Bonny Blonde, 54.5 (C. Jones) 3. Others: Lolotea, Khazneh, Mystic's Finale, Piggy Royale. Margins: ½ head, 1.25 lengths. Time: 1.25.1. Owners: J. McEntee, B. Cooper, J. Turci, K. Archer, M. Elliott. Numbers: 3, 2, 5, 6. Win: $1.80. Place: $1.10, $2.20, ntd. Quinella: $3.30. Trifecta: $27.60. Exacta: $3.40. First 4: $64.20. Race 2, $8000 Woolshed Inn/SABOIS Maiden Plate, 1100m: ($3.60 fav.) Gwydir, 55.0 (A. Doyle) 1; ($31) A Lotta Rosie, 54.5 (R. Hurdle) 2; ($4.20) Nikki Nikki Noo, 56.0 (H. McKechnie) 3. Others: hasta La Bernie, Faith Seeker, Dresser, Dear Dalin', Moon Gazer, Shelly Ann, Spinning Portrait. Margins: 3.25 lengths, 1.25 lengths. Time: 1.05.37. Owners: C. & C. Wissell. Trainer: Gary Searle (Gawler). Numbers: 1, 10, 8, 2. Win: $3.30. Place: $1.40, $5.30, $1.60. Quinella: $48. Trifecta: $416.10. Exacta: $136.40. First 4: $1909.80. Race 3, $8000 Mint Lane At Willow Grove 0-68 Handicap, 1100m: ($31) Quiet Chat, 54.0 (M. Vance) 1; ($3.80) Shiso, 58.0 (J. Frew) 2; ($8) Daddy's Littlelady, 54.0 (D. Tourneur) 3. Others: Zanderlan, ($1.70 fav.) Royalconi, Shimoda. Margins: short ½ head, 1.75 lengths. Time: 1.04.74. Owners: N. How, J. Iaria, J. Hickmott. Trainer: John Hickmott (Murray Bridge). Numbers: 8, 2, 5, 4. Win: $30.60. Place: $6.00, $1.50, ntd. Quinella: $58.90. Trifecta: $610.70. Exacta: $785.50. First 4: $1063. Extra double (1, 8) $126.80. Race 4, $8000 Bordertown Stone/ SABOIS Maiden Plate, 1300m: ($5) Vilify, 56.0 (P. Marks) 1; ($5) Woobinda Keepa, 54.0 (C. Jokic) 2; ($4 fav.) Sandhill Star, 58.0 (H. McKechnie) 3. Others: Majestic Ridge, Swift Angel, Le Remueur, Here's Archie, Emwood, Jilly's Edge. Margins: 2.0 lengths, neck. Time: 1.17.98. Owners: T. & K. Rasmussen, K. & L. Devlin, C. Stewart. Trainer: Craig Stewart (MIllicent). Numbers: 12, 13, 4, 10. Win: $5.50. Place: $1.80, $2.10, $1.60. Quinella: $28.70. Trifecta: $170.20. Exacta: $53. First 4: $629.60. Race 5, $8000 Barretts Petroleum BM 72 Handicap, 2000m: ($3) Bernie's Boy, 58.0 (H. McKechnie) 1; ($8) Puzzleman, 52.5 (E. Finnegan) 2; ($2.30 fav.) Hereford, 54.0 (R. Stewart) 3. Others: Caton, Belle Of The South, Goes Ballistic. Margins: 2 lengths, 0.75 lengths. Time: 2.04.59. Owner: M. Moore. Trainer: Darryl Dodson (Telopea Downs). Numbers: 2, 3, 4, 1. Win: $3.20. Place: $1.70, $3.70, ntd. Quinella: $18. Trifecta: $56.90. Exacta: $35.10. First 4: $146.80. Race 6, $8000 Bordertown Pharmacy 0-58 Handicap, 1550m: ($7.50) Shady Jade, 54.5 (D. Tourneur) 1; ($6) Saturday Frst, 55.5 (R. Hudrle) 2; ($10) Rip Apart, 55.0 (R. Stewart) 3. Others: ($4.40 fav.) Letmedowngently, King Of The Storm, It's Lumsden, Rich Pride, Count The Loot, Street Glass, HBenny, Wild Mannered. Margins: 1.5 lengths, 0.75 lengths. Time: 1.34.22. Owners: D. Walker. Trainer: Travis Doudle (Morphettville). Numbers: 11, 7, 9, 2. Win: $7.00. Place: $2.30, $2.30, $3.10. Quinella: $23.30. Trifecta: $503.80. Exacta: $45.40. First 4: $2585.80. Race 7, $8000 Legends & Reunion Race Day March 29 0-58 Handicap, 1300m: ($2.80 fav.) Ash Road, 57.5 (C. Jones) 1; ($5) Night News, 57.0 (E. Finnegan) 2; ($11) Adios Atlantis, 55.5 (P. Marks) 3. Others: Where's Pino, Sorceress, Northern Gem, Ontheroad For Gold, Rubytoo, Kirvic, Helandy. Margins: 2.75 lengths, 0.75 length. Time: 1.17.64 (equal track record). Owners: N. How, J. & A. Iaria, J, Hickmott. Trainer: John Hickmott (Murray Bridge). Numbers: 1, 2, 9, 4. Win: $2.70. Place: $1.50, $1.80, $4.10. Quinella: $8.10. Trifecta: $160. Daily double (11 & 1) $29.80. Treble (2, 11, 1) $87.80. Exacta: $15.30. First 4: $1435. Quadrella (12, 2, 11, 1) $807.30. The Border Watch, Tuesday, January 20, 2015 - 35 gave the youngster an ideal run in third spot. Nevertheless, it took the entire length of the straight for Bold Jazz ($1.80-$2 fav.) to reel in the local Sandhill Flyer which had kicked clear of the field at the 400 metres. “He got to the line fine and he’s just got to learn about racing. He doesn’t know what to do when he gets to the front,” Tourneur told connections upon dismounting. Third local winner GAWLER trainer Gary Searle is making a habit of winning races whenever he ventures to the South East. Accustomed to regularly winning races on his home track, Searle notched up his third winner in this district this season when the favourite Gwydir was far too good for his rivals in the 1100 metre maiden plate. Three kilogram claiming appren- tice Ashley Doyle had Gwydir in cruise control in fifth spot wheeling for home and the four-year-old gelding improved further on his recent second at Gawler. An excellent debut from the runner up A Lotta Rosie ($41-$31), who was checked at the start and was still third last at the 400 metres. Most impressive THERE was no more impressive winner at Bordertown than the Hickmott trained Ash Road, a runaway winner of the 1300 metre 0-58 handicap. The gelding had been racing in 0-68 and 0-72 company in Adelaide at three recent runs, and the big drop back to 0-58 opposition at Bordertown did not go unnoticed by punters and bookmakers alike. Those that did back Ash Road from $3.20 into $2.80 favourite were most concerned when he was last of the 10 runners at the 1000 metre mark, and still among the tailenders at the top of the straight. The only person not worried was apprentice Caitlin Jones, and Ash Road let down brilliantly for her with a swooping run to win untouched by nearly three lengths. One of the highlights of summer racing in the Limestone Coast is here at Mount Gambier next Sunday (January 25) with the Summer Cup meeting. A free bus is available to and from the course courtesy of the South Aussie Hotel. Ride of the day: Dominic Tourneur (Shady Jade). Black bookers: A Lotta Rosie (ran home powerfully from third last for second on debut); Bernie’s Boy (just keeps on winning); Ash Road (super impressive in the last race).
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