Super day of racing

Kevin Hogan

FITTING for the super hero theme of Sunday’s Sale race meeting, Melbourne Cup-winning jockey Damien Oliver, a hero to racing fans, recorded a treble.

AFL legend Kevin Sheedy, a hero to Richmond and Essendon fans, was also at Greenwattle to watch his first starter Ciccolallo run in race three.

The four-year-old gelding, trained at Moe by Peter Gelagotis, was bred by Sheedy, who is also a part owner.

Conditions were ideal on Sunday’s nine-race program, with the track rated “good four”.

The feature event, race seven, the benchmark 70 handicap, carried prize money of $50,000.

Patrick Payne’s Cape Richards, ridden by Michael Dee, picked up the top prize. The four-year-old gelding has three wins from four starts, including a previous win at Sale.

Ali Orphan, trained at Sale by Wayne Walters and ridden by his daughter Kate, finished third, and Tranquil Miss, trained at Sale by George Doderico and going for back-to-back wins at Greenwattle, finished fourth.

Trainer Phillip Stokes and jockey Kayla Crowther combined to win the first event, the two-year-old fillies maiden plate, with Done By Me.

Well-fancied Make Mine Hennessy, trained by Robbie Griffiths and ridden by Martin Seidl, won the race two maiden plate.

Irish Butterfly, trained by Henry Dwyer at Caulfield and ridden by Ben Allen, won the race three maiden plate.

Sale-trained horses were in the placings again in the race four maiden plate Skelm ridden by Oliver, won from Chaba Charli, trained at Sale by Wayne Walters, while Colin Butcher’s Baldy finished third.

Oliver made it two in a row when he won race five, the fillies and mares benchmark 64 handicap on Magnikka for the Hayes racing team.

The Delphi, who was coming off a last start win at Sale, won race six, the benchmark 58 handicap. The winner is trained by Michael Moroney and ridden by Harry Grace.

Devil’s Rain, trained by Mark Webb and ridden by Brian Park, won race eight in a photo finish from Steel Of Madrid, trained at Mornington by Tony Noonan.

Oliver completed his winning treble on the favourite Tourniquet in the final race, a benchmark 58 handicap.

The next meeting at Greenwattle will be the popular Kids’ Day Out this Sunday.