Bawcatme breaks record

BAWCATME broke the Sale Turf Club 1000 metre track record during Thursday’s race meeting.

The track for the eight-event program, the last at Greenwattle before the Sale Cup, was rated “good three”, producing good times.

Bawcatme, ridden by Beau Mertens and trained at Cranbourne by John Price, set a new 1000m track record with a scorching run in race six, the benchmark 70 handicap.

Bawcatme ran the distance in 57.3 seconds, beating the previous record of 57.33s, set by Lady Soffel.

Ryan Maloney took the riding honours, claiming a winning double.

Maloney began his double in race five, the benchmark 70 handicap, on New Zealand-bred Thumbtacks.

The nine-year-old, trained at Cranbourne by Nick Harnett, has been racing in Darwin and has 11 wins and 20 placings from 81 starts.

Maloney completed his double on NZ-bred Pharrell, coming off a last start win at Sandown in race eight, the benchmark 70 handicap.

The Nick Harnett-trained gelding has three wins and 11 placings from 22 starts.

Flemington trainer Chris Waller and Glen Boss combined to win the race one maiden plate with Megalopolis, coming off a second placing at Cranbourne.

Timely Girl, ridden by Steven Arnold and trained by Wez Hunter at Mornington, won race two, the three-year-old fillies maiden plate.

First starter Hunamosa, ridden by Damian Lane and trained at Cranbourne by Robbie Griffiths, won race three, the Gippsland Times maiden plate.

Polish Tiger, ridden by Patrick Moloney and trained by John Sadler at Caulfield, won the race four maiden plate.

However Polish Tiger, coming off a second place at Mooney Valley, wasn’t the first horse past the finishing post. Rong Door Reggie finished ahead, but without a rider as Damian Lane fell off at the start of the race.

Rong Door Reggie jumped awkwardly at the start, resulting in Lane striking the starting gate with his right leg, becoming unbalanced and being dislodged. Lane recovered to ride the rest of the meeting.

Jason Benbow and trainer Richard Laming combined to win race seven, the fillies and mares benchmark 64 handicap, with seven-year-old mare Trancing.

It was another outstanding day’s racing a Greenwattle. The next meeting will be Sale Cup on Sunday, October 25.