Quality shines in the heat

CHAMPION jockey Glen Boss rose New Zealand-bred About Square to victory in Sunday’s Sale Quality.

Trained at Flemington by Michael Moroney, About Square won from the well-fancied Solsay, ridden by Jackie Beriman, with Nicholls Court, ridden by Stephen Baster, in third place.

About Square has been racing well in the city, with four wins and three placings from 17 starts.

The Sale Quality carried $80,000 in prize money and attracted a very good field with most of the runners having good form in the city.

The eight-event program at Greenwattle was another top day’s racing despite the very warm conditions. There were a few scratchings because of the heat, but most races stood up well.

The warm conditions didn’t affect rider Michael Rodd, who was on fire with a winning treble.

Rodd began his day out with a win in race two on Gift From Heaven, who is trained at Sale by Alan Douch.

Rodd and David Hayes combined to win race four, the fillies and mare maiden plate, with three-year-old filly Uraine.

Rodd completed his treble aboard Pat Hyland’s St Issey in race five, the first leg of the quadrella.

Caulfield trainer Henry Dwyer and jockey Ben Knobel combined to win the first event with See Me Flash ahead of Endevinalles, who is trained by Paul and Tracey Templeton at Moe and raced by Geoff and Susie Wells of Sale. Geoff had big sporting weekend, having scored a century for Collegians at Bundalaguah on Saturday.

Race three went to Mick’s Hustler, ridden by Damian Lane and trained at Flemington by Matthew Ellerton and Simon Zahra.

Edgewood, ridden by Ivan Culliver and coming off three unplaced runs at Flemington, broke through for a win in race six, the benchmark 70 handicap.

Top weight Crooner, ridden by Regan Bayliss, won the final event to make it three in a row after victories at Wangaratta and Cranbourne.

The next four meetings scheduled for Greenwattle have been transferred because of track renovations. Racing will return for Maffra Cup day on Sunday, April 6.