Remarkable Sale racing at Turf Club

I'm Dynamite for Sale's Susie Wells wins Race 8 at Sale Turf Club on Tuesday. Photos: Scott Barbour/Racing Photos

Tom Hayes

SALE Turf Club held an eight-race meeting on Tuesday, with a handful of local and surrounding talent coming to try their trade.

It was a wet day for all involved, with the track rated a Soft 7 to start proceedings, before downgrading to a Heavy 8 for the final four races.

LOCAL spectators and trainers had to wait until the very last race of the day to see some local success, when I’m Dynamite for Sale’s Susie Wells climbed to the top in the Race 8 Ladbroke It! Handicap, ran over 1427 metres.

Well-backed at $3.60, the five-year-old gelding held firm as the race began, taking his place at the rear of the midfield.

He began to catch his stride as the race progressed, moving up the order as the field rounded the bend onto the main straight.

Sitting behind the leader, charging to the line, I’m Dynamite launched up the outside before finding clear air and hitting the finish line first, two lengths clear of anyone else.

It was the gelding’s first win since back-to-back victories in July last year; since then he had only picked up four placings.

Now with three wins to his name, all have come on soft or heavy tracks, showing favour to those specifically.

Social Conscience for Moe’s Craig Blackshaw filed in third. He was right in the thick of it for most of the race, never really making an impression on the lead however.

IT was very nearly two consecutive wins, when Norma’s Fleet for Sale’s Kerry Farrugia ran second in the Race 7 Fantasy Cocktails Handicap (1744m).

Like I’m Dynamite, Norma’s Fleet endured most of her run from the midfield/off pace position. She kicked hard early to join the leaders around the halfway mark, before it looked as if she would begin to file further back in the pack.

With horses making their way forward, it would be a hard ask for Norma’s Fleet to win as they rounded the bend, but she found another gear, shooting back up the order on the main straight.

In the final 400m, Norma’s Fleet was making a serious impression on those ahead, charging past the horses in fourth, third and eventually second, with only the leader, Little Jack, ahead of her.

But the line came fast at her, as she had to settle for second place, just half-a-length behind the eventual winner, Little Jack.

For the least-favoured horse on the track, paying $21, it was an exceptional run, and she might be favoured over a longer distance in the future.

DON’T Russia for Blackshaw did the region proud, as the only other winner on the day, coming in Race 4’s Fantasy Cocktails Maiden Plate (1112m).

Paying $81, it was highly unlikely that Don’t Russia would have any chance in this one, but as they say, anything can happen in a maiden plate.

Sticking with the leaders throughout the majority of the race, it was expected that the two-year-old filly would drop off as the race progressed. But he stuck firm at the front in his debut run.

With just the leader ahead of him, Don’t Russia also found a second gear, charging to the front on the home straight, passing the well-backed favourite, Supervise.

Up the inside, Don’t Russia found victory on debut, winning by a length.

BAIRNSDALE’S Jackson Pallot got close to a place, when Highland Blaze finished fourth in the Race 6 Gippsland Funeral Services Handicap (2244m).

Highland Blaze had a decent run, coming second as they entered the final kilometre, but filing back to fourth as the field spread further and rounded onto the straight.

By that point, the leader was closer to the line, as the top-two finished more than 10 lengths ahead of third.

Highland Blaze had to settle for fourth, only marginally however, 0.4 lengths behind a placing position.

Also during Race 6, Shesablinder for Moe’s Charlie Gafa finished seventh, it what was a difficult race for anybody outside the top-two.

RACE 5’s Kwik Tip Bins Handicap (1212m) saw three Moe-trained horses in the field, with one of those making a bigger impression than others.

Don’t Russia for Moe’s Craig Blackshaw put in a remarkable run to win Race 4, paying a staggering $81 going in.

The favourite, Struck Gold, was a clear winner, leaving the rest of the field scrambling for the final two places.

In prime position was Superset, who led for just about the entire race, before falling at the last hurdle, however still securing second – two lengths behind the lead.

Third and fourth finishers came from a long way back, the back of the field to be exact. Abaddon finished third, after climbing back from ninth, while Pride Of Galway for Moe’s Lenny Zuereb came fourth, just half-a-length shy of third.

Pride Of Galway came from seven back to secure a place, passing four horses on the way to the line in a frantic finish.

Also within the field was Sharper for Moe’s Mick Templeton, who came ninth, and Joltin’ Joe for Moe’s Paul and Tracey Templeton, who came last of 10 runners.

NOT one horse trained locally or from a surrounding region competed in the first three races of the day.

Race 1’s Ecycle Solutions Maiden Hurdle (3296m) was won comfortably by Treasured Crown for Greg Eurell, with the favourite losing their way right at the very end.

A photo finish in the Race 2 Ecycle Solutions Hurdle (3296m) separated the top-two horses. Sky Hero for Amy McDonald won the chocolates, a nose ahead of Pure Deal.

Finally, Race 3’s Ecycle Solutions Steeplechase (3296m) came down to a two-horse race.

As they turned for home, just The Mighty Spar and Carnamah looked like they could win, with the former prevailing by just under two lengths.

RACING returns to the Sale Turf Club on June 26 when the club hosts Wednesday Racing.

Locally, the next meet will be at the Moe this Sunday (June 16).