Feeling festive at races

YOU could feel the Christmas atmosphere building at Sale Turf Club’s meeting on Wednesday.

Santa hats were the go with the crowd boosted by the Christmas parties.

Riding honours went to Chad Schofield, who won on Our Josephina and Inkulu, and Vlad Duric, won also rode a winning double on Trendsetter and Transfer Allowance.

New Zealand-bred Zabeel mare Our Josephina, trained at Mornington by Jim Conlan, won race one, the 2200 metre maiden plate.

Jockey Ben Melham and Mornington trainer Jason Warren combined to win race two, the 1200m maiden plate, with first starter Violent Snow.

Cranbourne mother and daughter combination Dianna and Sally Wynne won race three, the 1400m maiden plate, with outsider Winspot, which had been well off the pace in recent runs at Sale and Bairnsdale.

Trendsetter, a four-year-old mare trained at Flemington by Michael Moroney, won the race four maiden plate.

Villainous Vixen, ridden by Ben Thompson and trained by Shea Eden at Cranbourne, won race five, the benchmark 64 handicap.

Duric completed his winning double on Moe galloper Transfer Allowance in race six, the Showcase benchmark 70 handicap.

NZ-bred Mezulla, trained at Mornington by Tony Noonan and has won in the city, scored an impressive win in race seven, the benchmark 70 handicap, with Reece Wheeler in the saddle.

Schofield completed his winning double on Inkulu, who is trained at Flemington by Lee and Anthony Freedman. Recent form included a win at Geelong and a placing a Mooney Valley.

It was another outstanding day’s racing. The next meeting at Greenwattle will be the Christmas Eve meeting on Wednesday, December 24.