Ideal conditions for racing

GREENWATTLE, bathed in sunshine on an ideal for racing, looked a picture on Thursday.

It is not surprising the course is now rated as one of the best in country Victoria.

Riding honours went Michael Rodd, who rode winning trebles, including one on Stroemsky, which stole the limelight with a win in race seven, the 0-64 handicap over 1400 metres.

Part owner Kerry Selleck, who bred Stroemsky, was delighted with the last start win and said Cranbourne trainer Michael Kent had done wonders with the six-year-old, that has won three races and placed 13 times from 28 starts.

Selleck said Stroemsky had to battle various injuries during his impressive racing journey. Kent was able to nurse the gelding back to racing.

Stroemsky won race seven on Thursday from Axis Point, ridden by Dale Smith, and Victorious Tale, ridden by Chad Schofield.

Rodd began his day out with a win on Sonnatag, trained at Caulfield by Henry Dwyer, in race four.

Lilly Dazzler, ridden by Chris Symons, finished second.

Following the success on Stroemsky, Rodd completed his winning treble on consistent Sale galloper Stringy, trained by Andrew Murray, in the final race, the 0-64 handicap, from Gravitational, which has been riding at Geelong and Flemington.

It was the third win for Stringy, which has also been placed seven times from only 17 starts.

Mornington trainer John McArdle and jockey Jamie Mott combined to win the first race with Burning Front.

Ian Hutchins’ Nahgo, ridden by Mark Zahra, ran another good race to finish in second place.

Sentfromthestars, which was purchased at the Adelaide sales for $30,000, won race two from Shot Caller, ridden by Ryan Moloney.

Rapete, trained at Moe by Len Xuereb and ridden by Luke Nolen, won race three from Delight The Misses, trained at Sale by Sharyn Trolove and ridden by Jackie Beriman.

Damien Oliver won race five, the 0-64 handicap, on More Rewarding, with Bairnsdale trainer Brenda McPhan’s King Joy in second place.

Oliver completed a winning double on Montoya Heights in race six, the benchmark 70 showcase, from New York, trained at Moe by Allison Bennett.

It was another excellent day’s racing at Greenwattle.

The next meeting will be held this Sunday.