City success for Stockdale

A DAY after riding a winner at Flemington, Sale apprentice jockey Brandon Stockdale returned to Greenwattle Racecourse on Sunday.

At Flemington, Brandon rode Bon Rocket, trained by Wendy Kelly, to victory in the 1400 metre Young Members Ball Handicap.

It was the 16-year-old’s second city winner.

Kelly was full of praise for Brandon.

“He will be a champion as an apprentice and then as a senior,” she said.

Brandon had to overcome a slipping saddle and hold off a wall of horses as Bon Rocket won from the fast finishing Bradman and Mihany.

On Sunday at Sale, Brandon, riding Pompeiux for his father, trainer Frankie Stockdale, finished second in the second heat of the Gippsland Middle Distance Championships 1600m division.

The race was won by Baron Archer, ridden by Rhys McLeod and trained by Wez Hunter at Mornington.

Mornington trainer Tony Noonan and his son Jake combined to win race one with first starter Sky Dazzle. Noonan missed the win as he was in England with a possible starter for Royal Ascot this week.

Hi Spun, ridden by Stephen Baster, trained by Saab Hasan and coming off a last start second place at Bendigo, won race two, the three-year-old maiden plate.

Tavernier Blue, ridden by Chris Parnham and trained at Mornington by Matt Laurie, won race three.

Purristency, ridden by Regan Bayliss and trained by Mark Riley at Mornington, won race four, the 0-58 handicap.

Race five, 0-58 handicap, was won by Chandra Boy, trained at Ensay by Rob Gillihan and ridden by Sally Wynne.

Stiletto, ridden by Patrick Moloney for Flemington trainer John O’Shea, won race seven, the benchmark 70 handicap.

Classy Al, ridden by Alen Creighton and trained by Greg Eurell, won race eight, the first heat of the Gippsland Middle Distance Series 1400m division.

It was another top day’s racing at Greenwattle. Meetings will be held this Wednesday, then Thursday, July 9.