From Bundalaguah to Bairnsdale with double success

David Braithwaite

BUNDALAGUAH horse trainer Sharyn Trolove had two winners at the Bairnsdale races on Monday.

Make An Effort claiming a first win from her ninth start, taking out the 1000 metre maiden plate for horses aged four years and over.

Starting a $2 favourite, the four-year-old mare led from the start with Brian Park in the saddle. Make An Effort kicked away in the home straight, winning by two and a quarter lengths.

It was the first of two winners for Park on the day. Trolove’s Tugga War won the final event on the program, the benchmark 58 handicap over 1200m.

Trolove’s Tugga War won the final event on the program, the benchmark 58 handicap over 1200m.

Ridden by Chris Caserta, the five-year-old mare was well-placed, running along the rail behind leader Curious Heart, before lifting the straight to finish a length ahead of Oneforthebrothers, trained by Peter Gelagotis at Moe.

It was Tugga War’s second win from 23 starts.

Ally’s Reward finished third in the 2200m benchmark 58 handicap for Sale-based Allan Douch.

Jockey Nathan Punch made the most of an opening in the straight, surging home on the eight-year-old mare, finishing a length behind winner Lindelani.

Following a second placing at Bairnsdale early last month, Ally’s Reward has finished third in her previous three starts.

THREE locally-trained greyhounds will on Friday night race for places in the group one Melbourne Cup final.

Briagolong trainer Matt Clark has two runners in the 515 metre heats at Sandown Park.

Playlist, who won the group one Vic Peters Classic in Sydney in July, will race in the first heat one (race three, 7.38pm) up against recent Topgun winner Shima Shine.

Catch The Thief will be in the sixth heat (race eight, 9.17pm), renewing a rivalry with star West Australian sprinter Tommy Shelby. Catch The Thief won both races against Tommy Shelby in Perth earlier this year, including the group two WA Derby.

Looking to be youngest winner in the cup’s 65-year history, Dr Tucker, trained by Bill McMahon at Darriman, will contest the eighth heat (race 10, 9.57pm), which also includes Speed Star winner Christo Bale.

Each of the 12 heat winners will receive $12,000 and progress to the next Friday night’s final, where the victor will receive $435,000.

During what is considered the finest night of greyhound racing, Lot Coin Babe, trained by Steve Spoljaric at Kilmany, will race in the heats of the Bold Trease.

THERE will be a 12-race meeting at Sale on Sunday, beginning 5.37pm.

Highlights will be two heats of the Provincial Plate for dogs with no city wins. The final will be raced next Friday at Sandown Park.

Blue Tiger, trained by Gavin Burke at Alberton West, advanced to the Provincial Plate final after winning a 520m heat at Cranbourne on Wednesday night. The dog formally known as Blue Bugatti has five wins from 10 starts.

Also at Cranbourne, Remy’s Girl, trained at Tinamba by Robert Bean won a 311m grade five, holding off a fast-finishing Why Not Hutch.

Bernice, trained by Jenny Gill at Darriman, won on debut a heat of the 311m maiden series to qualify for this Wednesday’s final.

NAMBROK trainer Lyn Smith had two winners during Monday’s meeting at Warragul.

Strive lived up to his name, winning a 400m grade seven, ahead of Senor Guru, trained at Giffard West by John Boreland.

Smith’s Throw Caution took out a 400m grade six by four lengths following a fast start.

Earlier, Mayhem Lass, trained by Boreland, held on to win 440m maiden by a head from Aston Balade, trained by Smith. Fab Rocket, trained by Jennifer Holden at Longford, finished strongly for third.

AT Sandown Park on Sunday, Tribal led all the way to win a 515m grade five for Gormandale trainer Kaylah Thorburn. It was the dog’s fourth win from 12 starts, and third wins from his previous four starts.

Sovereign Wind, trained at Maffra by Des Douch, won a 515m mixed grade four and five, passing Better Watch Out in the final strides. Sovereign Wind now has seven wins from 14 starts.

At Healesville earlier in the day, Man Of Sun won a 350m grade five for Chris Tilley at Sale. It was Man Of Sun’s second win from his past three starts, and seventh career victory.

Man Of Sun returned to Healesville on Tuesday to win a 350m mixed grade four and five.