TRAINERS would have appreciated the ideal conditions for racing at Greenwattle on Thursday.
The track was rated a “dead five”.
Bachelor Royal, who won the feature event, the Benchmark 70 Handicap, race six on the card, is an example of the change of racing conditions.
Trained at Ballarat by Andrew Payne, Bachelor Royal was coming off an unplaced run in softer going at Sandown. Jockey Nicholas Hall had the top weight of 61 kilograms had Bachelor Royal well-placed before kicking away to win from Tycoon Rob, ridden by Jake Bayliss, and Taddei Tondo, ridden by Patrick Moloney and coming off two consecutive wins at Geelong.
The race carried prize money of $30,000.
Bachelor Royal’s victory completed a winning double for Hall, who won race five, the Showcase 0-64 handicap, on Sacred Dream, trained at Cranbourne by Robbie Griffiths. The Showcase event also carried prize money of $30,000.
Local galloper, New Zealand-bred Stringy, trained by Andrew Murray and ridden by Peter Mertens, finished second in race seven to another NZ horse Dargio, trained at Caulfield by Mick Price and coming off a last start win at Cranbourne. Stringy was coming off a last start win at Sale.
Caulfield trainer Robert Smerdon and jockey Ben Melham combined to win the race one maiden plate on Politeness.
First starter Single Days, ridden by Adam McCabe and trained at Mornington by Jason Warren, won the race two maiden plate.
Long shot More Than Ameira, ridden by Patrick Moloney and trained by Pat Carey at Mornington, paid $22.50 for the win in race three.
Flemington trainer Danny O’Brien and experienced jockey Glen Boss combined to win race four with Angels Crown.
Race eight, the 0-64 handicap, completed another top day’s racing at Greenwattle with Pro Tour, ridden by Brian Higgins, following up placings at Werribee and Mornington to win from Star Of Choisir, ridden by Lincoln Coffey, and Northern Journey, ridden by Andrew Mallyon.
The next meeting at Greenwattle will be the Ladies’ Day meeting on Saturday, September 7. Meanwhile, bookings are already coming in for marquees for the Sale Cup, to be held on Sunday, October 27.