Escape to victory

A WIN for locally-trained Sunday Escape highlighted Friday’s meeting at Greenwattle Racecourse.

The four-year-old gelding, trained at Sale by Andrew Murray, is a horse which with more experience looks capable of making the leap in class to contend in city races.

After the race, Murray said he was pleased with the win and he would now look to a possible start in next Sunday’s Maffra Cup event at Sale before considering another metropolitan run.

The win was jockey Matthew Allen’s second of the day as he continued his good form at Sale.

After only seven starts, Sunday Escape has achieved an impressive two wins and five placings.

Purchased by the Hutty family syndicate at the Oakland sales, the success runs in the bloodlines with full sister Valuable Star, who is also owned by the syndicate, having already achieved three race victories.

Andrew Mallyon took out the riding honours with a treble of winners, while Flemington trainer John O’Shea completed a training double.

The winning run for Mallyon and O’Shea began in race two with Allergic

Mallyon and O’Shea continued their winning ways in race six with Sabkhat victorious ahead of local gallopers Lochend Ocky and Unique Assassin.

Mallyon completed his treble in the final event on the card with a win on Fortress Madonna.

Daniel Stackhouse and Mornington trainer Clive Balfour combined to win the first event with Nugget Fuller.

Choix De Maia, ridden by Rhys Mcleod, took out race three.

Lexinator, ridden by promising young rider Beau Mertens, won race four, while in race five Lord Ore was first past the post.

Racing returns to Sale this Sunday with the Maffra Cup meeting.