Back-to-back for Belle

Race four was won by local galloper Toorak Belle, trained by Ian Hutchins and ridden by Patrick Moloney.

Race four was won by local galloper Toorak Belle, trained by Ian Hutchins and ridden by Patrick Moloney.

WEDNESDAY'S race meeting at Greewattle Racecourse, held on an ideal track, attracted strong fields.

Visiting trainers were quick to praise the conditions at Sale, with the track rated a “soft five”.

Riding honours went to former New Zealand jockey Daniel Stackhouse, who rode a winning double.

It was also a day to remember for Sale trainer Ian Hutchins, who won race three, the benchmark 64 handicap for three-year-olds, with Toorak Belle, who completed back-to-back wins at Sale.

Patrick Moloney has had a successful run on three-year-old filly Toorak Belle, finishing second at Pakenham before two wins at Sale.

After Wednesday’s win, Moloney was full of praise for Hutchins.

Moloney said Hutchins put him on a horse at Traralgon in his early apprentice days.

“He has given me great support ever since,” he said.

Toorak Belle has two wins and two placings from only 11 starts.

Hutchins said the filly had come of age and worked well since her last win at Sale.

Josephine Sea, trained at Flemington by Matthew Ellerton and Simon Zahra, and ridden by Chris Symons, won the first event, the two-year-old maiden.

Reddour, trained at Cranbourne by John Leek and ridden by Noel Callow, won the race two maiden plate.

Race three, the benchmark 70 handicap, was won by Recalculate, trained at Caulfield by Colin Scott with Damian Lane in the saddle.

Mamzelle Tess, ridden by Ty McNeil and trained by Leon and Troy Corstens, won race five, the fillies and mares benchmark 78 handicap, making it three in a row after victories at Bendigo and Geelong.

Eric Musgrove’s nine-year-old gelding Urban Explorer, who has been racing over hurdles, won race six, the benchmark 64 handicap. It was the first leg of Daniel Stackhouse’s winning double.

Stockhouse completed his double on Bob Of The Head in the final race.

Rocbolt, who has been racing at Sandown and Geelong, won race seven, the benchmark 64 handicap.

It was another top day’s racing at Greenwattle, with the next meeting at Sale on Thursday, June 1.

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