The Border Watch : December 6th 2013
48 MOUNT GAMBIER GALLOPS VISIT US ONLINE borderwatch.com.au Christmas spirit for Sunday’s races GILBERT DAVID THE Mount Gambier Racing Club’s only meeting in December this Sunday afternoon will, understandably, exude Christmas goodwill as part of the festive season. It is the children who will benefi t most from the day with free face paintings, a jumping castle plus a visit from Father Christmas around 2pm. For their parents, there is the opportunity to ease the cost of Christmas by winning $200 cash in the club’s $200 Pick Six competition which will be given to the racegoer who selects the most winners of races two to seven inclusive. While the track was the talk of the town (for all the wrong reasons) during winter and early spring, it will be at its absolute best for Sunday’s meeting, as it was for the previous meeting a month ago. “We had 10mm of rain on Thursday morning which saved irrigating the course, the track looks bloody beautiful at present and is rated a Dead 5 for Sunday,” racecourse manager Darren Kolpin stated yesterday. When the final fields were released yesterday, 76 acceptors were received for the seven race card with a 1.20pm start and the last race at 4.56pm. For the first time, the famous Freedman racing name will be represented with a runner at Mount Gambier with Warrnambool trainer Mitchell Freedman (formerly the stable foreman for Darren Weir but no relation to Richard or Lee Freedman) having a runner in race six. Twenty-four year old Freedman has only had his trainer’s licence since late July. Tricky pickings FINDING the winner of Sunday’s feature race, the 1300 metre Benchmark 80 opportunity to regain winning form. Trainer Ryan McGorman is making the long trip from Gawler with Aged In Oak, on trial at the distance but all the better for a fi rst up fi fth at Mildura followed by a last start fourth on his home track. The Bob Post trained Boydari will fi nd this easier than his last start seventh at Kyneton when only beaten three lengths. Worth another chance IT took the smart galloper Royalconi to run down Colla Voce here at the last Mount Gambier meeting when the Denis McNamee trained gelding was backed from $9 into $5. At Naracoorte last Friday, Colla Voce saw plenty of the surrounding country side when wide all the way in a 0-68 handicap, and it came as no surprise to see him weaken to fi nish second last. GREEK RULER: With a name like Creon, you would expect the Richard Wilson trained gelding to be out in front, just as his Greek namesake was. handicap will be a tricky assignment for punters even though it has attracted the smallest field of the day with seven runners. Two of those (Bojani and Donnidi Sulina) are commencing new campaigns, while the veteran performer Sandhill Prince and the lightweight chance Gauss are dropping back substantially in distance from their latest runs. Then you have Scaredy Mac, Season Of Fortune and Woakwine which all performed well below their best when they last graced the turf. The Wayne Walters trained Donnidi Sulini has always shown plenty of potential, and her fi rst up run last campaign resulted in a second over 1200 metres at Warrnambool in mid March. Prior to going to a spell at the end of May, the six-yearold mare easily accounted for six rivals as an odds-on favourite over 1300 metres at Penola. If Donnidi Sulini is fi t and raring to go, she will be the one to beat on Sunday. Woakwine resumed from a spell at Morphettville in late October and failed to beat a runner home, with stewards noting that the gelding pulled up lame in the off hind leg. Woakwine was in the betting that day (a well backed $6 chance), and that was only the third occasion the six-year-old has missed a placing in 13 starts. This is not a crash hot fi eld and Woakwine must be strongly considered at his return to racing. There has to be some doubt about Scaredymac taking his place in the fi eld as the veteran performer finished well down the track in yesterday’s Port Fairy Cup at Warrnambool, won by the Michael O’Leary trained Feeling Invincible. Bojani, no doubt on the trail of the 2014 Naracoorte Cup in February, has not raced since a third in Adelaide during August and is yet to be placed when racing fi rst up. Can go one better ONE of the better each way bets on the program looks to be the Bordertown galloper Transforming in the 1550 metre maiden plate. Last Friday at Naracoorte, Transforming made up a ton of ground from ninth at the 400 metres to be beaten narrowly in a 1430 metre maiden won by Wanna Thrill. That run suggested the extra 120 metres this Sunday will suit her admirably, and Transforming should get the run of the race from barrier one for Libby Hopwood who retains the ride. Herman ran consecutive seconds at Terang and Mount Gambier before missing the placings in Ideal start for Fulford Road From back page Fulford Road is progeny of Argentinian sire, Estambul and Rosebird, which in turn is by American sire, Mukaddamah and is in the Mount Gambier stables of Bob Post. Post who is not afraid to travel with his stable of runners in search of a winner, has no shortage of starters for this Sunday’s Christmas meeting. Aside of Fulford Road, which will again be ridden by Bob’s son, Kane, his other runners include Nemesis and Renenet in Race 1, Rocvila (Race 2), Boydari (Race 5). Kane Post will also be kept busy on Sunday, with riding engagements on Jimassi (Race 1), Rocvila (Race 2), Just A Chat (Race 3), Boydari (Race 5) and Fulford Road (Race 6). Sunday’s seven race card at Glenburnie will help form a hectic day for the local racing industry with the Mount Gambier Greyhound Racing Club We need everyone’s help to buy aircraft and keep the ROYAL FLYING DOCTOR fl ying. Please send your donations to: PO Box 1426, Mount Gambier, SA 5290 48 - The Border Watch, Friday, December 6, 2013 and the Mount Gambier Harness Racing Club also staging meetings. For the MGHRC, it will be the first of 11 meetings for the 2013-14 season. PURRING ALONG: The Bob Post trained Metro Cat is expected to feature highly this Sunday. a 1700 metre maiden at Warrnambool yesterday. At his second start from a six month spell, Just A Chat improved markedly to fi nish second in a 1400 metre Terang at 40/1 just over a fortnight ago. On a high GLENBURNIE trainer Darren Kolpin is riding high at present with the in-form Gatalistic, and his good run could extend to Sunday’s 1400 metre 0-62 handicap. Kolpin will saddle up Telasnip who has done little at both runs back from a spell, sixth on both occasions. The latest of those was at Hamilton in a Benchmark 64 race when Telasnip was only three lengths from the winner after being in 10th spot on the home turn. Sunday’s race should be each way odds the field, and Telasnip gets no better McNamee has turned to Adelaide jockey Matthew Neilson for Sunday’s assignment, and with Colla Voce dropping back to 0-62 grade, he looks a great each way investment. Those down in the weights, namely fellow locals Casino Miss and I’m Smokin seem to have undeniable chances. Casino Miss was only three lengths from her stablemate/winner Tully Plenty at Naracoorte last week, and the mare has won three races on her home terrain. It is virtually impossible to come from last at the 400 metres and win on the tight Dunkeld circuit, but that was the challenge for I’m Smokin last start. The gelding ran home strongly and did a good job to grab third placing, and he should fi gure prominently in the fi nish if much closer this time at the 400 metres. Best bets: Transforming (each way, race three); Colla Voce (each way, race six). Best outsiders: King Of The Storm (race three); Equivocation (race seven).
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