Soft track hold up

WEDNESDAY’S Sale race meeting, held on a track rated “soft nine”, was another outstanding day’s racing, with few scratchings.

Torquay trainer Bryce Stanaway summed the day up when interviewed after his six-year-old gelding Black Soul won race four, saying Greenwattle was the best race track in country Victoria.

Local horses trained at the track also handled the soft going in fine style.

Sale trainer Sharyn Trolove and jockey Ben Thompson combined to win the race two maiden plate with four-year-old gelding Hard To Kiss. Hard To Kiss was placed at Sale in June and July.

Beau Mertens had the winning ride for Sale trainer Mario Farrugia’s consistent galloper Bally Paddy, who claimed the first leg of the quaddie. Bally Pally won at Moe in June, was second at Sale last start, and has a good strike rate of three wins and 10 placings from only 21 starts.

Some owners travel long distances to support their horses. Marg and Bill Reid from the New South Wales Central Coast, who flew from Newcastle to Melbourne, and drove to Sale just to watch Vysotsky race.

The six-year-old gelding, trained at Mornington by Brett Scott, ran unplaced in race four, the benchmark 64 handicap, but the Reids, entertained by Sale Turf Club president David Wilson and wife Marg, still enjoyed the day.

Brian Higgins and Cranbourne trainer Kevin Bodey combined to win the first event, the three-year-old maiden, with Mistoffelees.

Sleepless Nights won race three, the fillies and mares maiden plate, thanks to another outstanding ride by Damien Oliver, ahead of Caribbean Queen, ridden by Andrew Mallyon, in a photo finish.

Black Soul, ridden by Michael Carson, won race four, the benchmark 64 handicap.

Making Mayhem, trained at Caulfield by Nick Ryan and ridden by Rhys McLeod, won race six, the benchmark 64 handicap.

Race seven, the benchmark 70 handicap, was won by First Course, ridden by Ethan Brown and trained by Ken Keys at Cranbourne.

The final race was a family affair, with Dealta Whiskey, trained at Cranbourne by Diane Wynne and ridden by Sally Wynne, winning from Merry Magic, ridden by Ben Allen and trained at Cranbourne by John Allen.

The next meeting at Greenwattle will be held on Thursday, August 18.