Two races abandoned because of poor visibility

THE final two races scheduled at Greenwattle Racecourse on Sunday were abandoned because of poor visibility on track.

The jockeys voted in favour of not riding in the final two events with the result taken to the stewards, who made the decision not to continue racing.

The track was rate at a “slow 7” then changed to “heavy 8”, then “heavy 9”, and finally “heavy 10”.

Racing was very good for the five completed races.

The feature event, the Heyfield Cup, was won by six-year-old Uno No, who is trained at Sale by Ian Hutchins.

The local galloper, ridden by Chris Caserta, charged to the post on the outside of a wall of horses in a tight finish.

Uno No won from Girls On Film, ridden by Jake Noonan, Jersey Whistler, ridden by Brian Werner, and another local galloper, Sergius, trained by Paul Worthington and ridden by Noel Callow.

Cranbourne trainer Robbie Griffiths, who leads the Sale trainers’ premiership, combined with jockey Luke Nolen to win the first event with two-year-old filly Down The Hatch.

Mornington trainer Tony Noonan and jockey son Jake were in the winners’ circle after their three-year-old filly Za Za Zoom scored an impressive win in race two, the three-year-old fillies maiden plate. It is not the first time the Noonans have combined for a win at Sale.

Denbeigh Dah, trained at Mornington by Karen Rolland and ridden by Darren Gauci, won the Ladies’ Day Maiden Plate from Unique Dream, trained at Sale by Frankie Stockdale and ridden by Callow, with The Bunsta, ridden by Jake Noonan, in third place.

Melilucca, trained by Bryce Stanaway at Torquay and ridden by Jacob Rule, won race five, the last of the completed races, from Bronx Tale, ridden by Andrew Mallyon, and New Zealand-bred Zachord, ridden by Nolen.

The Heyfield Cup meeting was well-supported with racegoers enjoying the warm conditions in the Greenwattle facilities on such a wintry day.

The next meeting will be held on Sunday, July 20.