Locals share in the spoils

WEDNESDAY’S race meeting at Greenwattle was a good one for locals, who won two races.

There were also two locally-trained horses who finished second.

It was warm on Wednesday, with fields lighter as many trainers took this time of the season to spell their horses who had been up for most of the spring.

Brandon Stockdale was in top form, completing a winning treble, beginning in the race three maiden plate on local galloper Ripplebrook, trained by Sharyn Trolove and raced by Peter and Marg Gray, who have had a long association with racing at Sale.

Ripplebrook was coming off second placings on cup day meetings at Moe and Sale.

The three-year-old bay gelding raced as well as he looked.

Stockdale, in a classic ride, had Ripplebrook tucked in just behind the leaders then let the gelding go in the straight. The challenge came from well-fancied first starter Whistler Bowl, who has been trialling well, but Stockdale lifted Ripplebrook to a good win in the closing stages.

Stockdale also rode Tranquil Miss to victory in race six, the fillies and mares benchmark 70 handicap.

In another close finish, the six-year-old gelding, who was second at Sale last month and is owned and trained by George Doderico, held off a strong challenge from Storm Shore, who is trained by Ken Fythe at Foster.

Stockdale brought up his treble on Gauteng Gal in the final race. The six-year-old mare has been in good form recently, including a win at Echuca and placings at Kilmore and Kyneton.

Local trainer Ian Hutchins was a bit unlucky when his five-year-old mare Caruselle, coming off a last start third at Sale, was beaten by half a head in one of the best finishes of the day.

Caruselle, ridden by Patrick Moloney, was beaten to the finish of race five, the benchmark 70 handicap, by Roseberry Street, ridden by Nikita Beriman. Both were coming off last start third placings at Sale.

Cranbourne trainer Michael Hibbs and jockey Jarrod Fry combined to win the first race, the benchmark 64 handicap, with The Ultimatum, ahead of Firefree for Kilmany trainer Cliff Murray.

Poet’s Corner, trained by Mick Price and ridden by Michael Dee, was an impressive winner of race two, the three-year-old benchmark 64 handicap.

Persian Empire, ridden by Noel Callow, kicked away in the straight for a comfortable win in the race four maiden plate.

Club Tropicana, ridden by Chris Symons, was race seven, the fillies and mares benchmark 64 handicap.

The next event at Greenwattle Racecourse will by the Christmas meeting on Friday, December 1.