Strong fields and Santa

THE Christmas Eve races at Sale last Wednesday had a real holiday atmosphere with a good crowd at Sale Turf Club.

Operations manager Janet Leemon had the pleasant task of driving Santa through the crowd and both young and old gave Santa a great reception.

Strong fields made certain it was another top day at Greenwattle.

Training honours went to young Sale trainer Andrew Murray when his consistent six-year-old gelding Stringy, ridden by Matthew Allen raced well to finish third in the BM70 Handicap.

The race was won by Patrick Payne’s Churchill’s Wit who was coming off wins at Warrnambool and Geelong and a last start second at Kyneton.

New Zealand bred Stringy has been in the money 12 times from 21 starts.

The day ended on an even higher note for Andrew when he won the last BM64 Handicap with four-year-old mare Zedi Gold, ridden by Nicholas Hall.

Zedi Gold was coming off a last start second at Sale on December 3.

Second placed Famelist has also been racing well and third placed Villainous Vixen was a last start winner at Sale.

In a day of success for the Murrays, Michelle Murray who trains at Sale, combined with promising young apprentice rider Beau Mertens won race three the Maiden Plate with five-year-old mare Lardner Lou.

Recent good runs at Geelong suggested a win was just around the corner for Lardner Lou.

Cranbourne trainer Robbie Griffiths and Matthew Allen combined to win the first event the Maiden Plate with Streetshavenoname.

What A Hoot trained at Kyneton by Leon and Troy Corstens and ridden by Noel Callow won race two the three year old Maiden Plate.

Falamonte trained by Robbie Laing and ridden by Vlad Duric won race four, the BM64 Handicap.

Recent Traralgon winner Smokin Al ridden by Ibrahim Gundogdu won race five the BM70 Handicap.

Our Valdivia trained Flemington by Michael Moroney won race seven the BM64 Handicap with Ian Hutchins Nahgo ridden by Vlad Duric racing well to finish in third place.

Local trainer Andrew Murray finished the day on a winning note with Zedi Gold, Nicholas Hall winning from Famelist Ryan Moloney.

The next meeting at Greenwattle will be held on Thursday, January 15.