Troubleshot shoots through for victory

Kevin Hogan

CLASS fields were a feature of Thursday’s 10-race program at Greenwattle Racecourse.

With most of the leading trainers taking horses to Sale, it was harder for the locals to break through, but Paul Worthington won the class one handicap with Troubleshot. The four-year-old gelding is owned by a local syndicate.

Worthington gave jockey Stephanie Thornton a lot of credit for the impressive win.

Thornton had Troubleshot well-placed then kicked away in the straight when challenged to win from Equus D’oro, ridden by Chelsea MacFarlane, and Accelerato, ridden by Mitchell Aitken.

Troubleshot has been racing well, having finished second at Mornington in June, and winning at Sale in July and fourth last start at Greenwattle.

From only eight starts, the gelding has two wins and three placings.

The track, rate a “good four”, was ideal for the day’s racing.

Mark Zahra and the Hayes training team combined to win the first event, the three-year-old fillies maiden plate, with Downloads.

Marie Adelaide, trained by Michael Kent at Cranbourne and ridden by Beau Mertens, won the race two maiden plate.

Saccharo, trained by Archie Alexander at Ballarat and ridden by Jordan Childs, won race three, the three-year-old maiden plate.

Kariya, who was coming off a last start third at Sale, won race four, the fillies and mares maiden plate, with Patrick Moloney in the saddle.

First starter Just Like Mum, ridden by Zac Spain and trained by Matthew Brown at Cranbourne, won race five, the fillies and mares maiden plate.

Vainglorious, trained by Steve Richards at Flemington and ridden by Jamie Mott, won race six, a benchmark 58 handicap.

Burgonet, ridden by Dwayne Dunn, won race seven, another benchmark 58 handicap. Ripplebrook, ridden by Harry Grace and trained at Sale by Sharyn Trolove, finished in third place.

The Moloneys, trainer Gerard and jockey Patrick, combined to win race nine, the benchmark 64 handicap, with Indernile. The win completed a double for Patrick.

Cape Richards, trained by Patrick Payne and ridden by Michael Dee, won the final event, a benchmark 64 handicap. The winner came flying down the outside to catch second-placed Prince Of Arran at the post.

The next meeting at Greenwattle Racecourse will be the Ladies’ Day on Sunday, September 9.