Outside path to victory

SALE Turf Club conducted an eight-event midweek raceday at Greenwattle on Tuesday.

With the rail out eight metres from the 800 metre mark to the finishing post, quite a few of the winners came down the outside looking for the firmer part of the track.

Victorian Racing Integrity Commissioner Sal Perna spent the day at Sale, attending a session to enlighten racegoers and industry participants what the commission was doing to make certain racing operating free from the influence of crime and corruption.

Riding honours went to Harry Grace, who completed a winning double on Yatta Izu in race two and Penthouse Poet in race seven.

The feature event, the benchmark 70 handicap, race five on the card and the first leg of the quaddie, carried prize money of $30,000.

Four-year-old gelding Kazio, trained at Caulfield by Colin Little and ridden by Jamie Mott, won the race from last start Sale winner Expinsive, ridden by Ben Allen, and Vostok, with Beau Mertens in the saddle.

Bairnsdale trainer Bill Pallot and jockey Fabian Alesci combined to win the race one maiden plate with Alabama Man, who was coming off three third placings in a row.

First Starter Yatta Izu, trained by Brian McGrath and ridden by Harry Grace, won the race two maiden plate.

Another first starter, Harmattan, trained by James Cummings at Caulfield for the Godolphin stable, won race three, the three-year-old fillies maiden plate.

See It Thru, trained by Michael Kent at Caulfield and ridden by Mertens, won the race four maiden plate.

Venator, coming off a last start third at Sale, won race six, the benchmark 58 handicap. The five-year-old gelding is trained at Cranbourne by Cindy Alderson and was ridden by James Bates.

Local galloper Coral Rose, trained by Mario Farrugia, was going for three wins in a row, but was scratched on vet’s advice before the final race, Mornington trainer Tony Noonan and jockey son Jake combined to win the race with Steel Of Madrid, coming off two wins at Ballarat.

There will be another midweek race day at Greenwattle on Tuesday.