Quality win for New York

THE Sale Quality, carrying prize money of $75,000, attracted a quality field.

From a quality field, which included five horses who had either won or were placed at Melbourne and Geelong meetings, favourite New York claimed the $45,000 first prize.

New York, trained at Moe by Allison Bennett, kicked away in the straight for an impressive win, which also completed a winning double for jockey Chris Symons, who is back in racing after injury.

Bennett, now among the most successful female trainers in Victoria, was delighted with Symon’s ride.

Bennett said she had a great working relationship with New York’s part-owners Ellis and Vicki Stevens.

Storm Burst, trained by Peter Moody and ridden by Luke Nolen, came second, while Tanjil, trained at Sale by Mario Farrugia and ridden by Sally Wynne, came third.

Trainer Robbie Griffiths and jockey Ryan Moloney combined to win the race one maiden plate with General Nap.

Race two winner Stiletto Rock, ridden by Nathan Rose, was the first leg of a winner double for Cranbourne trainer Ray Besanko.

Besenko compelted his winning double with Fierce Command in race five, the 0-68 handicap, which was also the first leg of a winning double for jockey Chris Symons.

Female trainers had four runners line-up in race three, the 1700 metre maiden plate, with Newline, trained at Moe by Brad Stockdale, winning.

Stockdale’s partner Catherine Martindale is a part-owner of the winner and also trained thirdplaced Prince Valiant.

Martindale said she and Stockdale, who share training duties, were “pumped” to get first and third. She also said it was a great day for Moe with King Hoaks winning the Sale Quality for Allison Bennett.

Flemington trainer Michael Moroney and jockey Daniel Moor combined to win race four, the three-year-old maiden plate, with Little Hero.

Trainer Peter Moody and jockey Luke Nolen, the most well-known racing combination in Australia after the success of Black Caviar combined to win race seven, the 0-62 handicap, with Tan Tat Rock, who was coming off a last start win at Cranbourne and has four wins from 15 starts.

Hludowig, trained by Greg Eurell and ridden by Brent Evans, won the final event, the 0-82 handicap.

It was another outstanding day’s racing at Greenwattle. The next meeting will be held on Friday, February 15.