RACING returned to the Greenwattle on Friday for the first meeting since the Sale Cup, and what a contrast in conditions.
On cup day, horses and jockeys had to contend with drizzling rain. On Friday, it was warm and windy.
Once again, the track, rated a ‘good four’, was good for racing.
Cranbourne trainer Robbie Griffiths, who has some good horses in his stable, completed a winning double, while riding honours went to Patrick Moloney and Luke Nolen, who also had two winners.
It was great to see third year apprentice jockey Brandon Stockdale back in the saddle after a break. A horse stood on his foot, breaking a bone.
Stockdale bounced back in great form. Since returning, he has ridden a second a Moonee Valley and a winner at Pakenham. On Friday at Sale, Stockdale won race seven on locally-trained Poppy Talk, and finished second in the last race on One No Trump, trained by Ciaron Maher at Caulfield.
Seventeen-year-old Stockdale, who looks to have a great future in racing, has ridden more than 80 winners.
Griffiths and Nathan Rose combined to win the race one maiden plate with Time To Sail.
Youl Thrashem, trained by Gerard Moloney at Caulfield and ridden by Patrick Moloney, improved on her last start second at Sale to win the race two maiden plate.
Griffiths completed his winning double with Celtic Trail in the race three maiden plate with Ryan Moloney in the saddle.
Wintonia, trained by Pat Carey at Mornington and ridden by Patrick Moloney, won race four, the benchmark 58 handicap. Seven-year-old gelding Prospector, trained at Sale by Colin Butcher and ridden by Daniel Moor, raced well to finish in second place.
Safariann, trained at Caulfield by Colin Little and ridden by Ben Thompson, won race five, the fillies and mares benchmark 64 handicap.
Valentine’s Reward, trained at Caulfield by Byron Cozamanis and ridden by Luke Nolen, won race six, the benchmark 58 handicap.
Poppy Talk, trained at Sale by Des Dousch and well-ridden by Stockdale, won race seven, the Gippsland Times benchmark 58 handicap.
Nolen completed his winning double on Cranbourne galloper Galaxy Rider in the final event, the benchmark 64 handicap, from One No Trump, ridden by Stockdale.
The next meeting at Greenwattle will be next Tuesday.