Winds delay race meeting

RELATED: Wind blows race meeting to Saturday

THE Sale race meeting, which had been rescheduled after near gale force winds made racing unsafe on Thursday, went ahead in much better conditions on Saturday.

The meeting was well supported by owners and trainers with few scratchings, but, as expected, there were quite a few riding changes as jockeys booked to ride at Sale on Thursday had rides at Moonee Valley on Saturday.

With leading city trainers entering quality horses at Sale meetings, local trainers have found it more difficult to win races, but the locals have hit back.

On July 20, Paul Worthington and Frankie Stockdale combined to win the last three and on Saturday, it was Frankie Stockdale and Ian Hutchins who won the last two with Unique Assassin and Uno No.

Five-year-old gelding Unique Assassin, ridden by Ben Thompson, won race seven, the benchmark 64 handicap, and picked up the lions share of the $30,000 prize money for the Showcase event.

Unique Assassin ran second at Traralgon on June 24.

An unplaced run at Sandown followed, then with Ben Thompson in the saddle, was a last start winner at Sale, making it two in a row for the consistent five-year-old, who has had four wins and been in the money 12 times from only 22 starts.

The Ian Hutchins trained Uno No, ridden by Jack Martin, won the benchmark 64 handicap from Regent Terrace, ridden by Ryan Maloney and Cyclone Jess, ridden by Jason Benbow.

Punters who follow the locals were pleased with the dividend of $6.60 for the win, as Uno No was coming off a win and a placing in his last two runs at Sale.

It was the sixth win for the seven-year-old, who has been in the money 17 times from 38 starts.

Caulfield trainer Robert Smerdon and Craig Robertson combined to win the first event, the three-year-old handicap with Casa Master.

Lady Louboutin, trained by Mark Kavanagh and ridden by Rhys McLeod, won the race two maiden plate.

Mornington galloper Angry Gee, ridden by Jarrod Fry, won the race three maiden plate.

First starter Any Given Day, ridden by Jason Benbow and trained at Cranbourne by Jim Dore, paid $51 for the win in the race four maiden plate.

Frankie Stockdale came close to a winning double, when Reign Again, ridden by Jacob Rule, finished second to Benchi Pegasus in race five, the four-year-old benchmark 64 handicap.

Moe trainer Michael Phillips and Brian Werner combined to win race six, the Showcase benchmark 70 handicap, with six-year-old grey mare Grey Chloe, who was coming off a last start win at Moe and paid $12.10 for the win.

It was another top day’s racing and follow up meetings will be held at Greenwattle on Thursday, August 14 and Sunday, August 31.