City racing in Sale

QUALITY fields and close finishes featured during Wednesday’s city race meeting transferred to Sale.

Five of the eight races carried prize money of $40,000. In some of them, four or five horses hit the line together, only to be separated by the camera.

The Greenwattle track, rated a “soft seven”, stood up well to the day’s racing.

Apprentice jockey Ben Thompson completed a winning double. His second victory of the day brought up 100 winners for the promising young rider.

Caulfield trainer Henry Dwyer, who enjoys bringing his horses to Sale, also had two winners.

Cliff Hanger, ridden by James Winks and trained by Lee and Anthony Freedman, won the first event, the two-year-old handicap.

Jockey Nicholas Hall and Henry Dwyer combined to win the race two maiden plate with three-year-old filly Strangest Dream. The three placegetters were all coming off last start placings at Sale.

New Zealand-bred Airalign, ridden by Ben Thompson and trained by Tom Cowan at Cranbourne, won race three in a close finish from Iron Spider, ridden by Damien Oliver, and Shockaholic, ridden by Dylan Dunn.

Red Banner, ridden by Regan Bayliss, won race four, the three-year-old benchmark 64 handicap.

Thompson completed his winning double on Georgie’s Luce in race five, the first leg of the quaddie.

Sir Lopez, ridden by Jessica Payne and trained by Patrick Payne, won race six, the benchmark 64 handicap.

Landslide, ridden by Michael Dee, won race seven, the 1728 metre benchmark 70 handicap, completing a winning double for trainer Dwyer. Landslide, coming off a last start second placing at Sale, has three wins and three placings from only 10 starts.

Heza Ripper, ridden by Dunn and trained at Flemington by David Hayes and Tom Dabernig, won race eight, the benchmark 70 handicap over 1205m. The four-year-old gelding’s consistent form included placings at Moonee Valley and Sandown.

The next meeting at Greenwattle will be held on Sunday, June 19.