The Border Watch : April 25th 2014
42 RACING THERE should have been Easter eggs galore in the Maloney household out at Glencoe West last Sunday night. With two and a half winners from four picks over Easter, our “permanent” guest tipster Justin Maloney must have had a bulging wallet to pay for the Easter eggs for his wife and offspring. VISIT US ONLINE borderwatch.com.au Easter eggs well and truly paid for Gilbo vs theguest River Delta ($1.90), Maharni Magic ($2.10) and Day Dreamin ($1.20) all did the right thing by Maloney, the latter paying such a small dividend because of the deadheat for first in race five at Globe Derby. Maloney is a new member of the Glencoe Football Club committee this year, and if some of the Maloney punting magic/luck rubs off on the Murphies, then they should be monty’s to make the Mid SE finals in late August. But, for all his good work, Maloney only reduced his deficit by $30 to be $19.50 behind our resident tipster “Gilbo” after week 42. For “Gilbo,” he was hoping his favourite nag Sacred Falls could do the right thing at Royal Randwick, and the Waller trained galloper was an unlucky second but still paid a tidy $3.80 for the place. A GOOD YEAR: Lee Creek is experiencing his best year as a trainer. Gallops Gawler (today) R No. Horse 2 11 Any Exit 4 4 8 6 4 1 Rosello 2 Grade 1 Affleck 1 Seahorse Star 6 Daleo 1 Akerboy Trainer Sharon Hayes Sharon Hayes Jeff Searle Jeff Searle Swan Hill (non-TAB today) 4 Ararat (Sunday) 3 10 Honour System Dean Saxon Dean Saxon Darryl Dodson Peter Hardacre Oakbank outstanding MAKE no mistake, Oakbank on Easter Saturday is the biggest (and best) day on the South Australian racing calendar. Not for the quality of horses going around, but for a day of true Aussie racing in a country environment you can’t beat Oakbank. To get over 40,000 people there last Saturday – yes, the crowd figures were actually correct for once – and almost three times more than Adelaide Cup day at Morphettville is a remarkable achievement, all spread out over a huge area and in a relaxed mode. It was the best Easter Saturday attendance for some years, and there were plenty from the South East who were only too glad to have a chat and a cold ale with you. I’ve been going there for over 40 years and love it. Truly a South Australian icon is our Oakbank. Best year yet for Creek LEE Creek is one of the younger trainers in the Limestone Coast and his stable is having its best season yet. The Mount Gambier based mentor has won 12 races so far in 2013-14, and is only two off the leader Michael O’Leary and one behind Darryl Dodson. Easter Sunday at Penola was kind to Creek with two winners, one second and two thirds, his second best “day at the office.” “It should probably have been three winners as Rubytoo was unlucky in the sixth race. “Things have really kicked on and we have 12 in work and 20 on the books,” an upbeat Creek stated this week. Tuscan Ranger is a vastly improved galloper and probably should have run a place in the Penola Cup after having no luck getting a run in the straight. He will go to the Millicent Cup on the proviso he gets into the field, and then on to the Mount Gambier Cup. As for the old campaigner Club Royale, Creek said “it was an excellent effort by her in the Penola Cup and her swan song will be the Mount Gambier Cup before retirement.” Century of winners MOST owners are grateful with a handful of winners in their lifetime, so to chalk up 100 winners with the one stable is a remarkable feat. When Evenmoreaction won last Sunday’s Penola Cup, it brought up a century of win42 - The Border Watch, Friday, April 25, 2014 OntheRails Correction with DAVID GILBERT In the Millicent Cup fashion feature in Wednesday’s The Border Watch, it was incorrectly reported that the South Aussie Hotel $25 package for the Millicent Cup (Sunday, May 4) included admission to the course. The $25 package includes admission to the marquee, drink on arrival and lunch, while the $50 package also includes return bus travel and admission to the course. ners with the Michael O’Leary stable for local owners George and Shirley Considine. What better way to “bring up the ton” than with Evenmoreaction, one of the best middle distance gallopers we have seen in the Limestone Coast for a long time. Weight can stop a train but not Evenmoreaction. Is it true that George and Shirley are contemplating having an open house party for the racing fraternity to celebrate the achievement? And, what a brilliant speech at the Penola Cup ceremony by teenager apprentice Dylan Dunn. He is definitely a chip off the old block in resemblance, and father Dwayne has obviously groomed him very well for public speaking. Children everywhere WHEN the announcement was made at Penola last Sunday for all the children to gather on the racecourse for the children’s races, the youngsters seemed to appear from nowhere. There were youngsters everywhere and, according to Penola committeeman Carroll Cram, it was just as well. “We’ve got that many Easter eggs to give away, it’s not funny,” he commented. Another successful Easter Sunday family day at Penola with the crowd slightly down on last year. Two deadheats in the one race IT is unusual to have one deadheat in a race, but to have two is almost unheard of. But, that’s what had the judges working overtime at Penola on Sunday after the blanket finish to the Penola Cup. As it was, it was hard enough for judges David Thomas and Rhett Cook to sort out the placings when six horses hit the line with only half a length between them. But even the magnifying glass could not separate Mickiem and Back On Track for third, nor Ballypatrick or Tuscan Ranger for fifth placing. Just the one winner TRAINERS, jockeys and nearly 30 gallopers headed out of the region to try and find some Easter success, but only one returned a winner. That was Millicent jockey Paul Marks who piloted the Stephen Lenehan (Horsham) trained Rain Fast ($3.20) to victory in the 0-58 handicap at Warracknabeal last Saturday. Marks and wife Debbie have headed to Alice Springs for a fortnight’s working holiday as Paul tries to boot home a winner during the Alice Springs cup carnival. South Aussie Hotel bus and marquee FOR the forthcoming Millicent Cup meeting on Sunday, May 4 at Penola, the South Aussie Hotel here in the Mount are offering a day out for those wanting to enjoy one of the best meetings in the Limestone Coast. For $50, you will receive transport from the South Aussie Hotel to the Penola racecourse and return, your admission to the course, a free beer or wine upon arrival and an Aussie barbecue lunch. Melton (tonight) R No. Horse 1 5 7 6 6 8 Weallwantano Week 43 Harness Locals On The Track Trainer 1 Forty Seven Flash Barry Finnis 8 Top Share Globe Derby (tomorrow night) 6 6 Strong As Arma Barry Finnis Kevin Brough 2 Mayorofshinetown Kevin Von Duve 3 Ruffiano Tony Glynn Tony Glynn David Gilbert’s selections Gawler gallops (today) Race 8, No. 1, Akerboy ($15 win; $15 place) Flemington gallops (today) Race 8, No. 14, Azzaden ($5 win; $10 place) Morphettville gallops (tomorrow) Race 7, No. 1, Platelet ($20 win; $20 place) Trentham (NZ) gallops (tomorrow) Race 8, No. 1, Abraham Lincoln ($15 win) Current balance: -$640.00 Justin Maloney’s selections Melton harness (tonight) Race 1, No. 6, Sapphire Swayze ($25 win) Race 2. No. 10, Follow The Stars ($25 win) Race 5, No. 6, Mindarie Priddy ($25 win) Race 8, No. 6, Nike Franco ($25 win) Current balance: -$659.50 The marquee will also have its own bar and tote, and bookings can be made with the hotel (87252404). Those that do not want bus transport can still partake of the marquee for $25 (all of the above except for the bus transport and admission to the course) President’s luncheon FOR those wanting a five star luncheon with all the works, nothing beats the president’s luncheon on Millicent Cup day. It is recognised as the finest meal on any racecourse in the Limestone Coast, and hostess Heather Burdon always leaves no stone unturned to make sure everyone is pampered from the moment you arrive. Cost has been maintained at $120 per head and includes a three course meal, beer and wines for the afternoon, admisssion to the course and a race book. Bookings are essential and Heather Burdon is your contact person (0419811946). Warrnambool’s big carnival AT a time when some country cup carnivals around Australia have lost their gloss, the three day Warrnambool Cup Carnival (Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday next week) stands tall. It is clearly regarded as the best country cup carnival in Australia, having well surpassed the New South Wales carnivals at Grafton and Wagga. Trainer Gai Waterhouse went to the Warrnambool carnival for the first time last year as a guest, enjoyed it so much that she is coming back next week with three runners. Husband, Robbie wanted to work as a bookmaker there next week but has had his application knocked back, causing quite a controversy. Back to best THE Jeff Searle (Bordertown) trained Tilby Lad showed his liking for Murray Bridge by winning the class one handicap there on Wednesday. The three-year-old gelding won at the Bridge on debut but had been unplaced at both city runs this campaign. Regular jockey Holly McKechnie had the ride and Tilby Lad ($2.60 fav.) shrugged off the challengers in the final furlong.
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