RACING returned to Greenwattle on Tuesday after a month’s break, with Ben Allen riding the first two winners, and Michael Dee also completing a riding double.
The feature event, the BM70 handicap, carried prize money of $30,000, and five year old gelding Rock ‘N’ Gold, ridden by Damian Lane, won the race ahead of Kentucky Flyer, ridden by Ben Allen, and Manini Mischief, ridden by Brian Higgins.
It was a very good field, with most of the runners having good form in the city.
Rock ‘N’ Gold was placed at Moonee Valley, and was coming off a third in the last start at Mornington.
The five year old has three wins and 11 placings from 22 starts, and prize money of just over $100,000.
Ben Allen and Cranbourne trainer Dale Short combined to win the first event, the three-year old maiden, with Kaptan Apollo, which was coming of a third in Ballarat.
She’s Offski, trained at Sale by Ian Hutchins and ridden by Patrick Moloney, finished in second place.
In one of the best finishes of the day, Sale trained horses Bally Paddy, ridden by Ben Allen and trained by Mario Farrugia, and Almighty Moses, ridden by Dylan Dunn and trained by Cliff Murray, hit the line locked together.
Bally Paddy took the honours, which was the first win for the four year old gelding after nine placed runs.
Day of Rest, ridden by Michael Dee and trained by Patrick Payne, won race three, the maiden plate.
The Moloney team combined to win race four, the maiden plate, with Dreamtimes, ridden by Patrick Moloney and trained by John Moloney at Caulfield.
The four year old mare was coming off a fourth at Sandown.
Glib, ridden by Michael Dee and trained by John O’Shea at Flemington, won race six, the F&M BM64 handicap.
Craig Newitt and Caulfield trainer Mick Price combined to win the last event, the BM64 handicap, with three year old gelding Prestwick, which has been racing at Moonee Valley and Sandown, and has made an impressive start with two wins and a placing from only five starts.
Outstanding apprentice Brandon Stockdale missed the meeting because of a fall at Mornington on Monday.
The next meeting at Greenwattle will be held on Wednesday, May 25.