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Bega Cup weekend comes to a close with over $430,000.00 in stakes won. The Randwick trained Makeadane took out the $50K BEGA CHEESE BEGA SHOWCASE CUP (1600 METRES). Brodie Loy rode the horse and it came home hard with a well timed run. The $40K MOMSEN MOTORS BEGA SHOWCASE SPRINT (1200 METRES) was taken out by the Laming Racing trained Meridian Star who was ridden a treat by Jess Payne. The TANJA PARK STUD SAPPHIRE COAST CUP – BENCHMARK 70 SHOWCASE HCP (2200 METRES) was a great spectacle with eleven runners competing for a slice of the $35K. Noel Callow had the Matt Dale trained City of Kirkwall travelling well towards the rear of the field, At the six hundred Callow eased off their heels and started to make his move out three wide winding the stayer up to come down the center of the track and wear the competitors down with a well timed run.
Riders of the carnival.
Brodie Loy 3 wins.
Noel Callow 3 wins.
Jess Payne 3 wins.
Knowing your form on an even racing surface @ Sapphire on Cup Day. Bega Cup Day was our feature day and i can say in summation the track raced fair and punting confidence was strong with the largest TAB turnover ever recorded in the 18 years the track has operated.
Race 1, A long odds on favourite won the first out of the one gate over 1000m, no surprise.
Race 2, The Stratom horse Dont Play Around, won race two is a speedster that’s won over 800m and 900m and was always going to be setting the speed.
Race 3, Not Bossy won the 40k maiden and was back near last in the run 3 deep, covered ground at the turn and reeled them in to win five off the fence.
Race 4, Athonis led in the class 4 1400 out of barrier 4 is that much of a surprise as its led its last five starts resulting in one win and four seconds, of course it will lead and race well, the eventual winner He Ekscels had to make up ground after facing the breeze the whole race and did win a 100k race a few starts ago. Richie Lamming told me after the race he believes its a potential top liner.
Race 6, Zafina was second last in the running out of barrier 8 and the favourite and winner Meridian Star who has lead at its last five starts was coming out of the 2 gate, always a distinct advantage at any track. The race looks like it was run at a course record and Zafina was four deep on the turn rocketing home to go under by a lip.
Race 7, The Favorite Almost Courte led the cup up as expected and Makeadane was back near last in the run and went on to win convincingly.
Race 8, City of Kirkwall was back near last in the last race of the day, the stayers race, 3 deep on the turn and came down out wide five or six off the fence to win.
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Race 1, Kayla Nisbet took Monterey Magic straight to the front from the wide gate and the Greg Stephens trained galloper never looked in doubt after been challenged on the turn he strode away from the field to win by over five lengths.
Race 2, Brendan Ward had to do a bit of work early on the Terry Robinson trained favorite River Drift to get to the lead but once the filly found the fence she relaxed well and extender her lead in the straight to go on and win convincingly by over five lengths.
Race 3, Brodie Loy took the Keith Dryden / Scott Collings trained favorite Thats The Ticket straight to the lead and never looked in doubt going on to win by over five lengths.
Race 4, The favorite Termele jumped well for Jon Grisedale and he positioned the handy galloper just behind the speed on the fence, on the point of the turn Jon eased the Paul Murray trained galloper off their heels and came with a well timed run to get the cash by a length on the line.
Race 5, The well backed Matt Stephens trained Charlie Royale settled a little worse than midfield early then slowly crept forward on the fence approaching the turn Mick Travers had about five lengths to make up on the tearaway leader Brimstone but one Charlie was balanced he came with a barnstorming run to go on for an impressive win.
Race 6, Nick Souquet was aboard the heavily supported Matt Wood trained favorite Secret Image and didn’t disappoint the punters. After starting a little tardy from the inside gate Nick kicked up inside the field to retain the rails and pushed on to the lead, from there on he was never in doubt.
Race 7, The Chicka Pearson trained Shoulder Charge hadn’t been in the winners circle for a while but a gun ride by Jon Grisedale saw the galloper back in the number one stall. Jon had the gelding travelling beautifully on the fence just behind the leaders and eased off their heels in the straight to win well.
Rider of the Day, Jon Grisedale
Trainers of the day, Stephens family with nearly a fairy tale day with sons Greg and Matt both training winners and Dad Steve with a second.
Race 2, The winning combination from race 1 Luke Pepper and Simon Miller came into the race with the favorite Iltextya, the speedy filly went straight to the lead and never looked in doubt, simply running the opposition off their legs.
Race 3, Brodie Loy took advantage of the good gate taking the Keith Dryden & Scott Collings favorite Thats The Ticket straight to the lead and never looked in doubt winning race 3.
Race 4, Mel Kinny had the Chris Hensler trained Janis in a great position approaching the turn tucked in behind the speedy Old Maribo. As they straightened Mel pinched a break and won the race. The favorite Attainment was back near last on the point of the turn and made up many lengths to run on for second.
Race 5, Brodie Loy was aboard the Phil Courtney trained favorite Dyfield and after a good second in Sydney last start the writing was on the wall for a win. Brodie had the fav positioned well just off the speed back on the fence travelling well on the steel. He hooked off their heels at the point of the turn and came with a well timed and well deserved win.
Race 6, Veteran Hoop Neil Perryman jumped the talented Jacakazane straight to the front and rated the Lynda Bundy trained galloper to perfection taking out the feature race on the day.
Race 7, The odds on favorite Its A Lottery eventually got to the lead midrace, Richie Bensley took his time getting there and in doing so didnt use up to much petrol. A few decided to go early and try pinch the race but Richie smoked his pipe and came with a well timed run to bring the John Bateman trained favorite home in first position.
Trainer of the day Luke Pepper with a double.
Riders of the day, Simon Miller and Brodie Loy with Doubles.
The lightly raced but promising Smiling All made the trek down from Kembla Grange with some strong provincial form and got the job done. Ridden by Brock Ryan and Trained by Donna Grisedale
Race 2 – 2:20PM HOTONDO HOMES MIRADOR & COLOR CRAFT KITCHENS MAIDEN PLATE (1200 METRES)
Crown me Jacko had been there about in much stronger grade. The experienced rider Scotty Pollard got the best out of the gelding. Nice win, trained by Matt Stephens.
Race 3 – 3:30PM GIPPSLAND TYRE SERVICE EDEN & SOUTH COAST TYRES CL 3 HCP (S+2.5KG) (1200 METRES)
The topweight Malizia had been racing consistently in stronger grade and we saw Scotty pollard come in with an early double. Trained by Georgie Boucher.
Race 4 – 4:05PM BENDIGO BANK PAMBULA CUP BENCHMARK 60 HANDICAP (1000 METRES)
Nice little field for the feature race with Grey Drama racing consistently we saw the big grey hold that form and win well. Ridden by Shelley Walsh and Trained by Steven Cummins
Race 5 – 4:45PM HEFFERNAN LENDING SOLUTIONS CLASS 1 HANDICAP (1600 METRES)
The Paul Muray trained Viva Lavino had solid form leading into the last and gave Brock Ryan a double for the day book-ending the meeting.
Riders of the day Brock Ryan and Scotty Pollard with doubles.
Another great days winter racing was topped of with premierships going down to the wire. The sun was out with the 18 degree day feeling more like we were coming into spring rather than the depths of winter. A good crowd supported the seven race meeting with the thirty three percent increase in prize-money attracting strong fields. At $20,000 a race in the country there has been no better time to get involved in racing.
Horse of the year; Therese, trained by Barb Joseph & Paul Jones.
Trainer of the year; Barb Joseph & Paul Jones training partnership.
Apprentice of the year; Rachel Hunt
Rider of the year; Rachel Hunt
Race 1 BRADLEY PHOTOGRAPHERS MAIDEN PLATE (1208 METRES) saw MRS WILLY NILLY get the cash, trained by Richard Clarke and ridden by Michael Travers. The four year old mare traveled sweetly back in fourth position and came with a well timed run.
Race 2 MERIMBULA JEWELLERS MAIDEN PLATE (908 METRES) saw the first starter and favorite ANNIE PRU get the money, trained by Aaron Clarke and ridden by Adrian Layt. The two year old filly raced on the speed outside the leader and proved to strong.
Race 3 PAT NEVILLE’S TWOFOLD SECURITY SERVICES BENCHMARK 65 HANDICAP (1408 METRES) saw this years Bega Cup winner GREEN AVENTURINE make an appearance and the Brian Adams trained mare didn’t disappoint. Settled back in the field Michael Travers relaxed the horse and came with a swooping run from second last on the turn to take out the win giving Michael Travers an early double.
Race 4 FACEBOOK.COM/SAPPHIRECOASTTURFCLUB CLASS 2 HANDICAP (1408 METRES) saw PERIZADA trained by Ron Weston & John Nisbet and ridden by John Kissick take out the race. The mare was travelling well behind a hot pace and sprinted nicely when the run appeared.
Race 5 SAPPHIRE WINTER SPRINT (1008 METRES) saw BURRADOO trained by Mick Miladinovic and ridden by Brendan Ward come with a well timed run after racing midfield in a race full of classy sprinters. Brendan Ward had a lap full of horse at the furlong and looked like the winner a long way from home.
Race 6 PAT NEVILLE’S TWOFOLD SECURITY SERVICES BENCHMARK 55 HANDICAP (1608 METRES) saw the Favorite TOKEN OF LOVE trained by Barbara Joseph & Paul Jones and ridden by apprentice Rachel Hunt. Rachel settled the filly beautifully on the fence midfield and after a cozy run there was plenty in the tank when the gap appeared and the filly went on to win by close to seven lengths.
Race 7 SAPPHIRECOASTTURFCLUB.COM.AU CLASS 3 HANDICAP (1208 METRES) felt like groundhog day with THERESE getting the money trained by Barbara Joseph & Paul Jones and ridden by the in form apprentice Rachel Hunt. It was a case of go to the lead and improve your position as Rachel jumped the mare two length clear straight out of the gates and maintained the gap on the line winning by two lengths giving both trainer and riders a race to race double along with Sapphire Coast Turf Club premierships.
Trainer of the day, Barbara Joseph & Paul Jones
Riders of the day, Rachel Hunt & Michael Travers
We woke up early to light winds and an overcast day. As the clouds parted the winds picked up with 70 kmh wind gusts recorded in the local area. The windy conditions didn’t dampen the enthusiasm of the race goers that turned up for another fantastic days racing. It was another day where favored horses dominated with five of the seven races going to horses strong in the market. The big track here at Sapphire tends to give the favored runners every chance to win if they are good enough on the day.
Race 1 – 1:10PM AMELDAS ON MARKET MERIMBULA F&M MAIDEN HANDICAP (1200 METRES)
Mick Travers had the favorite third on the fence traveling beautifully behind a good speed, he switched off their heels at the top of the straight and chimed in with a good run, took the length of the straight for the Richard Clarke Solar Shadow to get there but the three year old filly got the job done.
Race 2 – 1:45PM MERIMBULA TOURISM INC CG&E MAIDEN HANDICAP (1200 METRES)
3kg Claimer Brock Ryan settled the Nick Olive trained Planet Earth midfield before unleashing a well timed run out off the fence in clear running.
Race 3 – 2:20PM EAT MERIMBULA MARCH 13TH MAIDEN PLATE (1600 METRES)
Terry Robinson saddled up Dr Henleigh in the third and the horse enjoyed a nice trail just off the speed, Simon Miller eased the horse to the outside where the horse extended for a nice win.
Race 4 – 2:55PM LES MALEY APPRECIATION BENCHMARK 55 HANDICAP (1000 METRES)
3kg Rachel Hunt jumped the Rob Potter trained Supa Vision out right on the speed from the outside gate, balanced the favorite and gave the gelding time to find his feet and position up third with a nice trail coming into the straight. She switched off their heels at the top of the straight and came with a well timed run.
Race 5 – 3:27PM MAGIC MOUNTAIN TREE CLIMB CHALLENGE CLASS 1 HANDICAP (1000 METRES)
The in form Rachel Hunt jumped on the Rob Price trained Autumn Warrior in the fifth and through no fault of the rider was caught deep out of the wide gate, approaching the turn she was four deep but once balanced the horse let down with a strong sprint to win well giving Rachel a double.
Race 6 – 4:10PM MCDONALD’S MERIMBULA AND BEGA BENCHMARK 60 HANDICAP (1200 METRES)
Matt Stephens saddled up New Vouge in the sixth and Mick Travers was hoping he to could ride a double on Merimbula Cup Day. After jumping ok from a wide gate Mick let the horse find its feet and was looking at the entire field as the horse settled into last position. Mick looked like he had a lap full of horse approaching the turn still well back on the fence. Mick spotted a needle eye opening at the furlong and dove through getting New Vouge into the right spot at the right time. Nice Win.
Race 7 – 4:50PM MERIMBULA RSL CLUB MERIMBULA CUP (1600 METRES)
The race we had been waiting for the Merimbula Cup, feature race of the day. The local syndicate of owners were hoping their mare All Giving could win the Bega Cup a few weeks ago but had to settle for second after a barnstorming run from last. Instructions to Brock Ryan would have been clear, settle the horse, make sure shes well balanced and let the pony with the big heart do the rest. The rest is history with the Nick Olive trained All Giving giving all a galloping lesson coming from last at the top of the straight to storm home for a convincing win giving Brock Ryan a double.
Race 8 – 5:30PM SAILS REAL ESTATE CLASS 2 PLATE (1400 METRES)
Aaron Clarke saddled up Striking Lago and legged up Adrian Lewis Layt who won on the lightly raced gelding last start at Moruya. Striking Lago took a while to find his feet and settled towards the rear of the field. Approaching the turn the horse was still well back as Adrian eased him off their heels, balanced him up and came with a well timed run to win by close to four lengths.
Riders of the day. Rachel Hunt, Brock Ryan and Mick Travers all with doubles.
Trainer of the day Nick Olive with a Double.
The two feature races over the weekend gave me a quick reminder of why i love the racing industry so much. Forget the glitz and glamour its the dedication, passion and emotion of lovely people in this great sport. Jenny Hoy slid the saddle over the ten year old veteran and outsider Opoho for the ninety first time on Sunday and led the old boy out to contest one of his toughest assignments of late, the Momsen Motors Bega Sprint. Opoho settled a little worse than midfield and looked quite relaxed in the run. Grant Buckley smoked his pipe and when he ask the old boy to step up at the furlong, he exploded with the turn of foot of an athlete in his prime to take out the feature sprint. Jennys acceptance speech was understandably quite emotional with only a couple of horses in work and having lost her mother only two weeks ago the tears started to flow. Glad i had my sunglasses on to witness a lovely moment in racing here at Sapphire. The next race was the Bega Cheese Bega Cup $35,000 feature race of the carnival and one of the strongest Cups to be contested in the history of the Club. The big names turned up with Bede Murray, Robbie Laing, Rob Price, Nick Olive, Barb Joseph & Paul Jones all saddling up runners in the Cup along with the other smaller top line trainers making up the field of fourteen runners. Brian Adams is a name many in the racing industry wouldn’t recognize but be assured the Berry based son in law of the late Kevin Robinson knows how to train a winner. His horse Green Aventurine settled at the rear of the big field and apprentice Kayla Nisbet had the six year old mare relaxed and travelling, approaching the Bega Cheese sign at the six hundred meter mark Kayla started pinching runs up the rail. As the big field fanned on the turn Kayla stuck tight to the rail, balanced the mare up and after using absolutely no petrol in the run Green Aventurine sprinted clear to take out the Cup. Another emotional presentation with Brians wife Maria accepting the Bega Cup Trophy, a few tears and im pretty sure thoughts of Maria,s dad the late Kevin Robinson flashed through her mind as she accepted the trophy. Not a bad effort to take out the Cup with their one and only horse that lives in the back yard. Riders of the carnival, Brendan Ward three winners & Simon Miller three winners.Trainers of the carnival, Barb Joseph / Paul Jones & Nick Olive both with doubles.
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A bumper crowd turned out for Melbourne Cup Day 2015 here at Sapphire with poor weather either side of the day it was a relief for all involved to see the day go off so successfully. A big thank you to the hard working committee who spend countless hours getting the club ready for race days. A real service to the local community. A reminder to anyone of our members who has the time or feels the urge to become involved with the club to drop us a line. The worst thing that could happen is you could meet some great people and form a friendship. Cheers Rob Tweedie
Two for the Boys Three for the girls.SAPPHIRE COAST MITRE 10 MAIDEN PLATERace one started off with the Speedy Ash n Ell getting the cash for Bob Kimber and gave jockey Troy Phillips an early winner.TANNER SALT ACCOUNTANTS / ARV CARAVANS MAIDEN PLATERace two saw Troy Phillips get an early double with a smart ride on the Frank Cleary trained Tipperrary Jack. WILSONS SIGNS PAMBULA BENCHMARK 50 HANDICAPRace three started the girls day out with Shelley Walsh getting the money for Bernie Connell on Ardimento.
Shelley win should have reminded us all how the ladies have bridged the gap in this previously male dominated industry. We quite often see an equal amount of female jockeys riding here at Sapphire and sometimes more females than males. They certainly know how to get the job done. Top Sydney rider Winona reminded us of that on Bega Cup day 2014 bagging five winners. Michelle Payne’s interview after the great race was a real inspiration and the focus on the feats of her disabled brother Stevie warms the heart. A special mention to the workability boys who we employ to look after this great facility, they are doing a fantastic job. I think as a whole society is heading in the right direction in relation to opportunities for disabled workers. It is certainly a rewarding part of my employment seeing these proud boys turn up each day, they get the job done with a real focus on quality work. G J GARDNER HOMES BENCHMARK 50 HANDICAPRace four saw the girls leave the jockeys room with a spring in their step and a look of determination in Mel Kinnys eyes. The scene was set for a showdown with Shelley eying a double and Mel striving for a winner. Shes Back ridden by Mel and King Tides In ridden by Shelley were head to head at the furlong with both girls throwing everything at their mounts. It was a great spectacle for the large crowd and a photo finish was called. The Debi Lee Saxton trained Shes Back got the nod in for the all girl affair.ROBERT SMITH HOMEMAKERS / SLEEP DOCTOR PAMBULA CLASS 2 PLATE Race five saw Debi and Mel line up again with the speedy Red Hot Tango giving nothing else a chance winning by 2.5 lengths.
Riders of the day Troy Phillips and Mel Kinny with doubles.Trainer of the day Debi Lee Saxton.
Bumper Crowds, Cracking Fields and a spectacular winters day had the punters lining their pockets and the bookmakers staring into empty bags.
The planets very rarely truly align like they did at Sunday’s Eden Cup race meeting. Lets take a look at a few of the contributing factors that make a successful days racing.
Field sizes on the day were great with ninety nine acceptors = tick
Track surface even with a good grass cover on a soft 6 rating, perfect for a winter soil surface = tickRace day sponsorship full with seven races and seven fantastic sponsors filling the sponsors lounge = tickRace day weather fine without a cloud in the sky = tickRace day patrons = tickFavoured horses winning the first four races = tickRace Review Sunday 9th August. Race 1 BEN BOYD SERVICE STATION MAIDEN HANDICAP (900 METRES) started out with the consistent Nick Olive trained favourite Unyielding getting the cash after a string of recent placing’s. Richie Bensley continued his great recent run, Richie was caught three wide out of barrier three with both horses drawn inside him kicking up and keeping him out facing the breeze. Richie kept the horse balanced throughout and that proved the key to a well deserved win. Many riders panic when caught deep and push their mounts where nine times out of ten a balanced relaxed horse races best.Race 2 EDEN FISHERMENS CLUB EDEN CUP (1000 METRES) saw the Joe Cleary trained Quietly Brilliant step out as favourite and Quietly Brilliant he was annihilating his opposition. Apprentice Jason Devrimol settled the horse back towards the rear of the field before hooking off their heels as they straightened and putting the pedal to the metal. Race 3 THE DISABILITY TRUST AND WORKABILITY MAIDEN PLATE (1400 METRES) Tom Little saddled up the favourite Redondo Rock and Scotty Pollard settled the outstanding looking gelding midfield just off the speed before steering the horse into clear running in the straight. The big horse appreciated the roomy track and went on for a convincing win.Race 4 TRUSTING AT TURANGGA FARM BENCHMARK 55 HANDICAP (900 METRES) saw the local Chris Strickland trained Jungle Edge step out as the fourth favourite of the day to salute. Ridden by Mick Travers the gelding made it three from three at the Sapphire track and travelled well throughout the run switching three wide on the turn into clear running and blowing the opposition away. The winners of this race landed a sensational bonus thanks to Turangga Farm Scone with a 2015 service to the exciting Tale Of The Cat stallion Trusting valued at $11,000. Race 5 GREAT SOUTHERN INN & ESC SUPER CELLARS CLASS 1 & MAIDEN PLATE (1600 METRES) with the first four favourites home the poor old bookies were looking into empty bags as Chicka Pearson threw the saddle on Shoulder Charge im sure he would have been hoping the trend continued. Roly Saxton had the big gelding positioned well and came with a well timed run. Scotty Pollard was back worse than midfield on the Tom Wilson trained Little Miss Chelsea and chimed in with an outstanding battle out in the middle of the track to get the bob in on the line winning by the barest of margins and giving Scotty Pollard a double. Race 6 TWOFOLD SECURITY SERVICES BENCHMARK 55 HANDICAP (1200 METRES) Scotty Pollard walked out with confidence as Richard Clarke legged him up on Coolcat Dance who had one his pervious start by 3.5 lengths at Moruya and it was a case of Deja Vu giving his rivals no chance going on to win by 3.5 lengths yet again.Race 7 EDEN GAS & GEAR BENCHMARK 50 HANDICAP (1400 METRES) Myffy Rae accepted with Bold Reality in races six and 7 and must have decided the 1400 was a suitable race. The in form apprentice Jason Devrimol took Bold reality to the lead early on and as two horses applied a bit of pressure mid race he was happy to keep the horse relaxed and settle in third. As the pace went on Jason smoked his pipe keeping his horse balanced round the turn and the leader in his sights. As they straightened Jason switched off the leaders heels and went for home on Bold Reality. The favourite chased hard but the winning post came a stride to early for the grey Bella Mist.Riders of the day Scotty Pollard with a treble and Jason Devrimol with a double.Cheers Rob Tweedie
Sapphire Coast Turf Club Race Review. Track Soft 5, Rail out 5m from the 700 to the winning post.With my June meeting wash up i have put together a small piece on track bias. We quite often hear about bias with the inside or outside of a track having a better racing surface, mainly on wet days where you see horses get out off the fence on many tracks looking for better going. We have to keep in mind there is only one winner in each race and the beaten brigade has to look for excuses. This can be in the form of a horse not handling the condition of the track if it it to wet or to dry. It may be the fence has the better racing surface, it may be another faster lane on the track that the riders generally pick up through the day. It can also be pace related with a perceived leader bias track. This is what i believe is one of the most important pieces of the puzzle when it comes to leader bias on a track. The fact is there is no such thing as a leader bias track it is all pace related and is generally shown by the sectional times. We can use race one and eight on out June 7th meeting as an example to get a better understanding. Race one was a sit and steer job for Carly Frater further enhanced by her 3kg claim on a soft track and a reasonably quick last 600m 38.23 seconds, compared to other races on the day. Carly took Nriangi straight to the lead over 1600m, dictated the pace and turned the race into a sit and sprint. This to the average track watcher looks like a leaders day is unfolding. At the other end of the scale we see race eight over 1400m where you would expect the final 600m to be run at a quicker speed than that of the 1600m race. The sectional time for the final 600m was 40.65 seconds or 2.5 seconds slower because they ran quicker in the earlier part of the race. This opens the race up for horses back in the field and guess what the first and second horses were towards the rear of the field in the first part of the race.
Race one CARPET COURT BENCHMARK 60 HANDICAP (1600 METRES) saw the in form Barb Joseph / Paul Jones trained Nriangi spear straight to the front and lead all the way, 3kg claimer Carly Frater balanced the horse and rated it to perfection. The backmarkers simply cant pick up the leaders when they are running similar last sectional 600m in 1600m races than they are in sprint races on the day. The even money Favourite has now strung together three in a row and saw the punters walking away with the cash yet again.Race two STEELINE 2YO & 3YO MAIDEN PLATE (1200 METRES) Chicka Pearson turned out the ex Gai Waterhouse trained Shoulder Charge looking sensational and the equal Favourite ran right up to his looks after missing the start slightly Brendan Ward used the one gate to his advantage kicking up to be travelling fourth 800m from home, the big gelding travelled into third approaching the 600m mark and was travelling smoothly on the bit looking unbeatable even this early in the race. Brendan eased off their heels at the 400m and took the horse out a couple off the fence for a convincing win. Kiss in the Dark stuck on well for third after leading Little Chief and Nagging made good ground down the middle of the track to run into third and fourth. Race three MONARO WOOL SERVICES / SCHUTE BELL BADGERY LUMBY MAIDEN HANDICAP (1400 METRES) saw the favourite Bindon jump well from the three gate and travel just in behind the leaders. Michael Travers switched off their heels at the top of the straight, picked them up at the 200m and wooshed straight past them three horses off the fence for a convincing win. Race four SAPPHIRE COAST BUSLINES CLASS 1 & MAIDEN PLATE (1600 METRES) gave Brendan Ward an early double giving Eden Road the favourite a lovely run fourth on the fence for most of the race taking advantage of the 4 gate, he switched off the leaders heels at the top of the straight and steered the favourite to victory giving the backmarkers no chance with quick final sectionals. Race five MERIMBULA JEWELLERS BENCHMARK 55 HANDICAP (1000 METRES) saw the Victorian visitor Scoring jump quick out of the gates and land in the lead from the nine gate, the inside horses kicked up underneath Roly Saxtons mount and had Roly pressed on he would have been caught in no mans land. These are the races that are won and lost with cool head decisions and the experience of Roly shone through when he eased Scoring out of the early speed battle to settle the horse midfield and let the others set the speed so he could ease out to the centre of the track and come with a well timed run to get the cash. The second horse Hot Scent was held up in the straight and made good ground along with the third horse Outrageous Deal who came from well back down the centre of the track outside the winner.Race six SAUTELLE WHITE LAWYERS CLASS 2 HANDICAP (1200 METRES) saw the Chris Strickland trained local horse and favourite Jungle Edge get the money from the one gate giving Michael Travers a double. Jungle Edge was just to good for his rivals running them off their legs. The other local horse Mister Gibson was a good run coming second after missing the start and the third horse Bella Mist is one to keep an eye on after been a clear last on jumping and last at the top of the straight making good ground. Race seven CARPET COURT JAZZ FESTIVAL CUP (1200 METRES) gave Barb Joseph / Paul Jones a training double and Carly Frater a riding double. Again Carly rated her mount Chasing Charlie well on the speed, the classy horse of the race and favourite was well back in the field and wide approaching the turn. Charlie kicked away on the fence and the 8kg weight difference on a soft track was a little to much for the favourite with five lengths to make up in the straight and a length the margin on the line. Race eight INSURANCE ADVISERNET MERIMBULA BENCHMARK 50 HANDICAP (1400 METRES) saw about eight horses kick up early for a forward position and set the race up for a back marker, the sectional times told the story with Scotty Pollard smoking his pipe back in the field and coming home over the top of them, the second horse The Devils Mark came from well back and most of the back markers were making strong ground down the centre of the track.
Trainer of the Day Barb Joseph / Paul Jones Riders of the Day Carly Frater, Brendan Ward and Michael Travers all Doubles.
Summary, the rail move has been a great idea and the track raced fair with six of the eight races going to favoured runners, three horses won on the fence and the other five were from two to five horses out making ground. Videos are available of each race on Racing NSW Click Here and constructive factual feedback is welcomed.
Next Meeting August 9 2015
Results Monday 30th March Click Here
Results Friday 6th March Click Here
The 3kg claiming apprentice Rachel Hunt showed patience in the Better Home Living Town Plate after Roman Alliance was slow out of the gates she settled the horse at the rear of the field after missing the start, coming into the straight Roman Alliance was still last and powered through the field making up many lengths in the straight for a convincing win. Im pretty sure the bookmakers would have went home with empty bags on Cup Day with horses short in the market winning all bar one race. On the big track we quite often see a trend of horses that are far superior to their opposition winning. Many of these horses position up near the speed and simply out class their rivals, quality and confidence are a great ingredient with winners.
Rider of the day Brenton Avdulla with an 11/10 ride to win the Cup. Apprentice Rachel Hunt gets a special mention for her last to first effort in the Town Plate.
Results 1st Feb 2015 Click Here
Results 31st Jan 2015 Click Here
Results Jan 2nd 2015 Click Here or click the links below for video replays
Results Boxing Day 2014 Click Here
Results August 10th 2014 Click Here or click the links below for a full race replay of each race. Great Feature care of RacingNSW.
|Race 1 – 12:58PM VISIT EDEN MAIDEN HANDICAP (900 METRES)|
|Race 2 – 1:34PM SPROUT EDEN MAIDEN PLATE (1400 METRES)|
|Race 3 – 2:10PM LIGHT TO LIGHT WALK EDEN CLASS 1 & MAIDEN PLATE (1600 METRES)|
|Race 4 – 2:46PM ARV CARAVANS BENCHMARK 72 HANDICAP (1000 METRES)|
|Race 5 – 3:22PM EDEN MOTOR GROUP BENCHMARK 55 HANDICAP (1250 METRES)|
|Race 6 – 3:59PM EDEN FISHERMENS CLUB CUP BENCHMARK 50 HANDICAP (1400 METRES)|
|Race 7 – 4:37PM KILLER WHALE TRAIL BENCHMARK 52 HANDICAP (900 METRES)|
Results July 12th 2014 Click Here
Saturday 12th July Eden Motor Group Race Day decides Premierships.
We left the best to last. As they moved into the gates for the last race of the season, the Ray Wheatley locally trained horse All Giving looking certain to take out the premiership for horse of the year. All Giving started favorite and looked a picture in the enclosure prior to the race and only had one horse to finish in front of to take out the title. Four Fortyfour was an outsider at 12/1 and was coming back in distance. The locals were cheering at the furlong as All Giving worked strongly into the race. The three year old filly tired near the line as the horse to beat slowly bridged the gap. Heads were bobbing right on the line and Four Fortyfour got the bob in by the narrowest of margins to take the title by the barest of margins, one point. Like they say there’s no certainties in racing. Congratulations to the owners and trainers of both horses for bringing that excitement and emotion to the track. Something that can only be experienced out at the track.
Horse of the year, Four Fortyfour.
Jockey of the year, Bredan Ward.
Apprentice of the year, Winona Costin.
Trainer of the year, Donna Griesdale.
Results June 8th 2014 Click Here
Results May 4th 2014 Click Here
Race 1 – 12:56PM CAN ASSIST MAIDEN HANDICAP (900 METRES)
The girl riders got off to a great start at Sapphire as they normally do with Tash Burleigh steering home the John Marzol trained Won’t Be Any Drama in the first. We seem to get a strong showing of girl riders here at Sapphire most meetings but upon closer inspection of the form guide i noted Tash was the lone representative for the girls.
Race 2 – 1:32PM CLUB BEGA/BEGA COUNTRY CLUB MAIDEN PLATE (1250 METRES)
Canberra Trainer Nick Olive produced first starter Nat Bon Abbie in fine style to win the second race. Richard Bensley got the horse home by over a length coming from just behind the speed. I would be guessing this 3yo filly was named after three ladies.
Race 3 – 2:08PM CLUB SAPPHIRE MERIMBULA CLASS 3 HANDICAP (1400 METRES)
The John Law trained Circuit Spirit took out race 3 and was ridden by Kevin Sweeney. This horse was travelling just in behind the speed and looked like the winner 600 meters from home.
Race 4 – 2:44PM BERMAGUI COUNTRY CLUB BENCHMARK 55 HANDICAP (900 METRES)
The Mat Dale trained Polygraph was simply to nippy over the 900 meters. Brendan Ward jumped the speedy filly straight to the front and the race was never in doubt.
Race 5 – 3:20PM TATHRA BEACH BOWLING CLUB CLASS 2 PLATE (1250 METRES)
4yo stayer Dure was trained to perfection for a first up win by Mick Smith. Pat Murphy had the horse camped just in behind the speed and came with a well timed run to win.
Race 6 – 3:57PM CLUBSNSW SOUTH COAST CUP – BENCHMARK 65 HANDICAP (2200 METRES)
The staying horse St Sully was relaxed back towards the tail of the field by Grant Buckley and came with a well timed run to win by a length on the line. A combination of fitness, extra distance and the roomy track must have agreed with the Donna Grisedale trained horse having no problems at all running out the 2200 meters.
Race 7 – 4:33PM MERIMBULA RSL BENCHMARK 55 HANDICAP (1600 METRES)
Staying horses got the money in the last three races with Mick Smith producing Jimmy Recard first up over 1600 meters giving Mick and Pat Murphy.
Rider of the day Pat Murphy
Trainer of the day Mick Smith
Results Mar 31st 2014 Click Here
Results Mar 7th 2014 Click Here
The Sapphire Coast Turf Club Merimbula Cup went off without the predicted thunderstorms.
Race 1 the Sapphire Office Services BM 50 1000 was taken out by the Frank Cleary trained Rustle of Silk. Jason Devrimol was stuck in behind horses early in the straight and punters that took the short odds would have been holding their breath till Jason pushed clear and nailed the second favorite right on the wire.Race 2 the Visit Merimbula FM Mdn 1200 went to local trainer Doug Cole and jockey Mick Travers with Heart n Spirit getting a well deserved win.Race 3 the Bar Beach CG Mdn 1200 was taken out by the Rob Potter trained Hosier Lane, Ridden by the in form wonder girl Winona Costin. A strong win at its third only start this horse should win more races. I mentioned in my interview with Winona i had a phone call from a gentleman in Taree asking me if i thought he should invest on her rides at Sapphire. I said i would leave those sort of decisions with him, hope he went with his initial thoughts.Race 4 the Sails Real Estate Merimbula BM 59 1200 went to the Gratz Vella trained Fair Call and was ridden by Brendan Ward. A well timed ride from Brendan winning by a length on the line.Race 5 the Sapphire Coast Regional Airport CL 1 1000 saw Mark Gee and Brodie Loy get the cash with Outrageous Deal winning by two lengths. A well rated ride by the apprentice giving Brodie his last country claiming ride. Congratulations Brodie, many apprentices dont get to fulfill their potential due to many factors. Weight, opportunities, dedication and general life decisions. All have a strong bearing on how far a young rider will progress. Some the rider controls like life choices / dedication and others like weight and opportunities can wear a young rider down. You have the steering wheel Brodie, point it in the right direction and im sure we will see you mixing it with big guns in the city.Race 6 the sapphirecoast.com.au 1600m mdn was taken out by the Joseph Ible trained Rush to Judgement. Ridden a treat by who other than the Sapphires current favorite rider Winona Costin. The members balcony was crowded when Winona returned to the enclosure. This young lady has sure caused a stir in this neck of the woods since riding her five winners on Bega Cup day. Great work Winona we wish you all the best on the big stage, keep your head on, work hard and dont forget us down here when your booting home Group 1’s in the future. Race 7 the Merimbula RSL Club Merimbula Cup 1600m went to the Luke Pepper trained Quichang and was ridden by the up and coming apprentice Jason Devrimol. A well deserved win to an honest horse that tries his best every start. Im sure Luke would love to have a stable full of horses like him. Congratulations to young Jason on his double on the day. Jason has taken out two of our cups this year, the Bega Cup and the Merimbula Cup. In my opinion Jason Devrimol is a rider to keep an eye on as he has all the attributes of a top class jockey in the making. Most importantly Jason seems to have a strong family base that supports him. Ive acted as riders agent for many apprentice riders over the years and most get lost along the way and the biggest tip i can give you Jason is to turn to your family first when making decisions not the hangers on that will appear with your success. Good luck mate.Race 8 The Leigh Hardingham cl 2 1400m was won by the local trained All Giving. Prepared by Ray Wheatley and ridden with a well timed run by Kevin Sweeney this exciting galloper has now won three of its five starts. What i like about this horse is the way it finds the line coming from back in the field. Im thinking this horse will win its fair share of races as it progresses through the grades.Riders of the day Jason Devrimol and Winona Costin.
Results Feb 2nd 2014 Click Here
Results Feb 1st 2014 Click Here