THE sun was shining at Greenwattle for Sale Turf Club’s final meeting of the racing season on Thursday.
The track was rated a “soft six”, which is for a moist, but not badly-effected, track. The strong fields and riders would have appreciated the good racing conditions, particularly after the Sandown meeting was abandoned on Wednesday, when a horse slipping in the first race.
Riding honours at Sale went to Chris Parnham and Brandon Stockdale, who rode doubles. Stockdale also had a second placing on grandfather Mario Farrugia’s Bally Paddy in the final event.
Ian Hutchins kept the flag flying for the local trainers, when his smart three-year-old filly Caruselle, ridden by Patrick Maloney, skipped away from the field to score an impressive win in the race three maiden plate.
The filly, with a smart turn of speed, has a win and two placings from only six starts.
Chris Parnham and Caulfield trainer Henry Dwyer combined to win the first event with two-year-old filly Leotie.
Parnham was in the winners’ circle after winning race two on the Patrick Payne-trained Jonty Lass.
Seven-year-old mare Perla Blu, ridden by Michael Walker won the race four maiden plate.
It’s Humphrey, ridden by Brandon Stockdale and trained at Caulfield by Clint McDonald, won race five, the benchmark 64 handicap.
Stockdale brought up his winning double on High Call in race six, the class one handicap. It was the first win for the five-year-old gelding, trained at Bairnsdale by Dan Cunningham.
Georgina Cartwright and Mornington trainer Gary Carson combined to win race seven, the fillies and mares benchmark 64 handicap, with five-year-old Famelist.
Moe trainer Allison Bennett won the final event with eight-year-old gelding New York, who has six wins and 12 placings from 12 starts.
The first meeting at Greenwattle of the new season will be held on Wednesday, August 3.