QUALITY fields made certain Thursday’s nine-event program at Greenwattle Racecourse would be another top day’s racing.
The feature event, the third heat of the Winter Championship Series, carried prize money of $40,000.
Five-year-old gelding Del Palio, ridden by Stephen Baster, won from New Zealand-bred Cosentino, ridden by Wayne Davis, and Cellarmaster, ridden by Steven Arnold.
Del Palio, trained by Colin and Cindy Alderson at Cranbourne, was coming off an unplaced run at Sandown, but placings at Flemington and Bendigo suggested better things were to come.
It was Del Palio’s fifth win from 21 starts.
In the best finish of the day, Charity Belle, ridden by Luke Currie and trained at Moe by Peter Gelagotis, came flying down the outside to win the race four maiden plate from Pemba Nepali, ridden by Jake Noonan and looked to have the race won. Third-placed Midnight Rule, ridden by Luke Nolen, was also in the blanket finish.
The Charity Belle win followed good runs at Stony Creek.
Trainer Luke Oliver and jockey Brad Rawiller combined to win the first event with two-year-old Corporate Takeover.
First starter Flips Arrival, trained by Patrick Payne and ridden by Ben Melham, won the race two maiden plate, holding on from Little Bubulu, ridden by Michelle Payne.
Longeron, ridden by Stephen Baster, coming off a last start third at Geelong, won the race three maiden plate.
Mark’s Matilsa, ridden by Michael Walker and trained by Nigel Blakiston, won race five.
Spitfire Lady, ridden by Brodie Loy and trained by Michael Moroney, won race six, the second heat of the Rivette Series.
Brad Rawiller rode Street Eclipse, who has been running in the city, to victory in race eight, the first heat of the Gippsland Middle Distance Series, from Sale galloper Artie’s Reward, ridden by Andrew Mallyon and trained by Paul Worthington.
Cranbourne trainer Doug Harrison and jockey Jake Bayliss combined to win the last event with Tycoon Rob, who has been in the money 14 times with seven wins from 42 starts.
A good crowd attended the meeting and the track, rated a dead five, raced well.
The next meeting at Greenwattle will be held on Sunday, June 30.