Rider okay after pre-race fall

THERE was some drama during Monday’s race meeting at Sale.

Before the race three maiden plate as horses were leaving the mounting yard, Dream Of Me became agitated and bucked, causing jockey Jessica Eaton to be thrown off.

Eaton was treated at the track before being assisted to the jockeys’ room. While Eaton was okay, the fall ended her riding commitments for the day.

It was an unlucky fall for Eaton, as Michael Poy, who replaced her in the next race on Equilibrium, won the benchmark 58 handicap.

In race seven, another benchmark 58 handicap, Chelsea MacFarlane won on The Harrovian, again filling in for Eaton. After the win MacFarlane said Eaton had given her a few tips on how to ride The Harrovian.

Crisis Point, trained at Moe by Allison Bennett and ridden by Beau Mertens, finished second.

Monday’s race meeting was held in ideal conditions on a track rated “good four”.

Cranbourne trainer Rachael Cunning and Poy combined to win the race one maiden plate with Hell Of A Time.

Mr Warbucks, trained at Cranbourne by Cindy Alderson and ridden by Damien Lane, won race two, the three-year-old maiden plate.

Annunicite, ridden by Nikita Berriman for Pat Hyland at Cranbourne, won race three.

Race five, a benchmark 58 handicap, was won by Foraoise, trained at Cranbourne by Larry Childs and ridden by Damien Thornton.

Race six, the fillies and mares benchmark 70 handicap, was won by Tusker Brook, trained by Pat Carey at Mornington and ridden by Rhys McLeod.

In the best finish of the day, a wall of horse hit the line together in the final event, the benchmark 64 handicap.

In a photo finish, Elle Gagne, ridden by Jordan Childs, won from My Unicorn, trained by Peter Gelagotis, with Ian Hutchins’ eight-year-old Young Farrelly third.

It was the third consecutive placing for the Sale-trained Young Farrelly, who has four wins and 10 placings from 33 starts.

The next meeting at Greenwattle Racecourse will be on Tuesday, May 15.