Gelding strikes gold

The Maffra Cup was won by Strick Force, ridden by Patrick Moloney, and trained by Mickael Moroney, wins from Scapa Cove, ridden by Beau Mertens.

The Maffra Cup was won by Strick Force, ridden by Patrick Moloney, and trained by Mickael Moroney, wins from Scapa Cove, ridden by Beau Mertens.

FOUR-year-old gelding Strike Force won the $50,000 Maffra Cup at Greenwattle Racecourse on Sunday.

Trained at Flemington by Michael Moroney and ridden by Patrick Moloney, Strike Force won the benchmark 78 event ahead of Scapa Cove, ridden by Beau Mertens, and Cosmic Lights, ridden by Daniel Stackhouse.

The consistent Strike Force, which won at Flemington on March 18, has five wins and seven placings from 21 starts.

Eighteen-year-old apprentice jockey Brandon Stockdale was back in the winner's circle at Sale.

Stockdale, who received plenty of praise for his double at Moonee Valley on Saturday, won race five, the fourth heat of the Gippsland Middle Distance Series, on Sunday with another well-judged ride on Elegant Queen.

In the best finish of the day, the three placegetters hit the line locked together. Back To The Bowler, ridden by Ryan Moloney, finished second, with Caruselle, trained at Sale by Ian Hutchins and ridden by Patrick Moloney, third.

Stockdale is certain to get more rides after his impressive weekend.

One of his winners at Moonee Valley was on Unique Lovely, trained by his father Frankie and owned by mother Julie. It was Frankie's first city win as a trainer.

Race five was won by Elegant Queen on the outside, ridden by Brandon Stockdale, followed by Back to the Bowler, ridden by Ryan Maloney, and Sale galloper Caruselle, ridden by Patrick Moloney, and trained by Ian Hutchins.

Race five was won by Elegant Queen on the outside, ridden by Brandon Stockdale, followed by Back to the Bowler, ridden by Ryan Maloney, and Sale galloper Caruselle, ridden by Patrick Moloney, and trained by Ian Hutchins.

Damien Oliver and trainer Mick Price combined to win the first event with two-year-old Hard Ruler.

Miss Vixen, trained at Cranbourne by Cindy Alderson and ridden by Beau Melham, won the race two maiden plate.

Meat Traders, trained at Moe by Peter Gelagotis and ridden by Anthony Darmanin, won the race three maiden plate.

The race four maiden plate was won by The Big Sur, trained by Colin Little at Caulfield and ridden by Daniel Stackhouse.

Race six, the fifth heat of the Gippsland Middle Distance Series, was won by Battles End, trained by Rob Gillahan at Ensay and ridden by Georgina Cartwright. Gillahan also trained third-placed Don't Shoot.

Race eight, the benchmark 70 handicap, was won by Magnetar, ridden by Luke Nolen and trained by the David Hayes team at Flemington, in a photo finish from local Go One Better, trained by Damien Walkley.

Megnespirit, trained at Mornington by Wez Hunter and ridden by Daniel Schmitt, won the final race, the benchmark 64 handicap.

The next meeting at Greenwattle will be on Sunday, July 2.

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