The Border Watch : May 29th 2014
34 SPORT Quality fields at Naracoorte Limestone Coast racing at its best DAVID GILBERT IT might be a case of “back to the mid weeks” for the remainder of the 2013-14 Limestone Coast racing season, but that is not reflected in the quality of the fields at Naracoorte this afternoon. In fact, today’s feature race, the 0-78 handicap for sprinters over 1200 metres, will see the three placegetters from the Volcano Handicap – the feature sprint race during the recent Mount Gambier cup carnival – clash again, albeit for far less stakemoney. In the 1000 metre 0-68 handicap, recent Sandown winner Royal Glance from the Mitchell Freedman stable at Warrnambool will take on five local rivals plus visiting gallopers from Warrnambool and Adelaide. It would be many years since we have had a Melbourne winner then front up at a Limestone Coast gallops meeting some six weeks later. Then, in today’s 1430 metre maiden, leading South Australian trainer Tony McEvoy has seen fit to accept with the first starter Tip Rat. The Naracoorte track was rated a Dead 4 on Tuesday morning, but several heavy showers that afternoon saw the track yesterday down graded to a Dead 5. Same placings but different result? IT is on the cards that the three placegetters from the Volcano Handicap at Mount Gambier almost a fortnight ago will fight out today’s 0-78 handicap. On that occasion, Midnight Express proved too good for Conidel and Kill Bill, but the trio meet again on a somewhat different playing field today when you consider the weight scale. Midnight Express faces a whop- ping seven kilogram weight rise, Conidel goes up three kilograms (after the claim for apprentice Caitlin Jones) while Kill Bill only cops a two and a half kilogram penalty. Gauss, the other runner today to have also run in the Volcano Handicap, only goes up one kilogram but the mare did only beat one runner home at the Mount and was beaten nearly seven lengths. Given that Kill Bill was only beaten 1.7 lengths into third spot at Mount Gambier, the mare gets no better opportunity to turn the tables on Midnight Express and Conidel, and trainer Lee Creek has opted to put Dominic Tourneur in the saddle this afternoon. With fellow apprentices Caitlin Forrest and Jamie Kah not in action at Naracoorte today, Caitlin Jones – with four rides – could easily find herself on top of the apprentice’s premiership ladder by late afternoon. Conidel is probably the pick of her rides, and the Jamie Opperman trained gelding is a winner at his only Naracoorte start. Even though My Way, trained on the track by Sue Murphy, is getting towards ten years of age, the veteran performer is a real track specialist with five wins and six placings from 12 Naracoorte starts. My Way generally likes to lead or sit second, but whether he has still got the zip to win first up from a three month spell today is the big question. Plenty of depth THE 0-68 handicap dash over 1000 metres is another race certain to appeal to punters with several winning hopes. After winning a Benchmark 70 races for mares over 1400 metres at Sandown in mid April, Royal Glance headed home to the Warrnambool cup carnival and obviously did not appreciate the heavy conditions, finishing a well beaten seventh in a similar race. Victorian jockey Jarrod Fry has had the mount for all three career runs for Royal Glance, and he is making the long trip to Naracoorte today to continue the association. The real concern today for Royal Glance is that the four year old mare is dropping back 400 metres in journey. If there are any chinks in the armour of Royal Glance, then the Denis McNamee trained Colla Voce could be the one to expose them. A galloper that likes to lead or race near the lead, Colla Voce has been a model of consistency in the past six weeks with a second at Hamilton, a win at Penola followed by a third at Mount Gambier during the carnival. Dropping back considerably in grade from a last start fifth in the Volcano Handicap at Mount Gambier is the Naracoorte owned and trained gelding Iconseefraaraway. ON THE CHARGE: With three winners at the recent Mount Gambier Gold Cup Carnival, Dominic Tourneur now has 18 winners for the Limestone Coast 2013-14 racing season. 34 - The Border Watch, Thursday, May 29, 2014 He will appreciate the three kilogram claim for apprentice Dylan Dunn and, although out of the winner’s stall for a while now, could bounce back without surprising. Down from Adelaide is the Chris Oxlade trained Go Ninny Go for her second run from a four month spell, and her only start at Naracoorte resulted in a win. The wraps on Casino Wizard after she won her maiden at Penola in January have faded somewhat with two subsequent EQUAL LEADER: With four meetings remaining, Matthew Neilson is locked in an epic battle with Dominic Tourneur for the Limestone Coast jockey’s premiership. VISIT US ONLINE borderwatch.com.au A WEE CHANCE: Bonny Blonde, to be again ridden by Holly McKechnie and trained at Talopea Downs by Daryl Dodson is one of the chances in Race 5 at Naracoorte today. unplaced efforts, the latest when favourite (and a tiring fifth) at Warracknabeal 17 days ago. Daddy’s Littlelady resumed with a win at Mount Gambier a fortnight ago, but that was in a 900 metre maiden and the mare faces a steep class rise today. Good luck in the last PUNTERS alive going into today’s final leg of the quadrella will only feel super confident if they have the field going for them. Not only is it the biggest field, it is as open as Sydney heads with a heap of winning chances. Bursting to win a race is the Horsham visitor Rain Fast with two recent seconds and another good pick up ride for Jarrod Fry, but not helped by the wide barrier (11) nor her winning strike rate (2 wins from 31 starts). The Casterton trained Mr Doughboy was noticed making up late ground when fifth at Casterton last Sunday, and Caitlin Jones should be able to give the four year old a good run from the inside draw. Best bet: Kill Bill (each way; race four). Best outsiders: Belaruski (race three); Bionda Dream (race six).
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