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Maury - Impressive winner

Maury, who showed a good turn of foot at the conclusion of the Living Legends Handicap at Flemington, will have another run before being sent for a spell.

The gelding was always racing handy to the leaders with his rider, Mark Zahra, finding plenty of room for him on the outside, once he let down it was just a matter of how far, and he carried too many guns for those that opposed him on Saturday.

Glenn Thompson, assistant to his brother John, is keeping the Patinack operation buoyant, with eight city winners to date from the Flemington yard.

Maury, a good cut of a gelding, continues to improve all the time, he had just the two previous outings, for an unplaced run at Cranbourne and went to Flemington as a last start winner at Kilmore.

There is a race at Moonee Valley coming up that may suit, otherwise he will go straight to Aberdeen, in the Hunter Valley, where all the Patinack racing stock spell.

Of the unplaced division  Maluti  was running on fairly well, first starter,  Pillar Of Creation , came from further back in the field giving the impression he would be better  suited over more ground. 

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Maury ridden by Mark Zahra


Spartini graduates to City Company

Spartini, who has laying them in the aisles on country tracks, put paid to city company in winning the Bill Adams Handicap at Caulfield, the race named after a former long standing committeeman.

She was the one that punters wanted, opening at $2.50, easing out to $2.70 when money came for Beldara and to a lesser extent for Sussoro, who also tightened up near the close of betting.

The filly is prepared by Darren Weir, and ridden at her previous two wins at Bendigo and Kilmore by Nick Hall, he thoroughly understands the filly and had her handily placed for the entire trip.

She quickly cruised up to Beldara, her main rival in betting, drawing away soon after finishing the race off well, there is another race for her back at Caulfield which will suit.

Spartini is by the little unknown sire Marmottam, one of 14 sons of Redoute’s Choice that was advertised at stud in 2007, he currently stands at Walnaring Stud at Wallan East.

Whilst he has a nice pedigree, with his dam and grand dam both city winners, the fickle breeding industry has labeled him as non commercial, which is the death nail for a sire.

You could count the number of mares he receives each season on one hand, yet on percentages he has a better record than some of the imports that are covering 100 mares or more.

Whilst he has lacked the opportunities and support he can get winners if given the chance, Spartini is an example with seven wins to date, Call The Day has won five races out of six starts in Adelaide and Lady Lightfoot has won her last two, and could make it three at Balaklava on Wednesday.

Spartini - Another winner for Darren Weir


Lady Of Harrods off for a break

Russell Cameron is in no hurry to press on with Lady Of Harrods now that she has broken through for a win at her third race start in the Noel Rundle Handicap, she will be put away and given the chance in the better races for fillies during the spring.

Whilst her only two previous starts have been down the straight at Flemington, the turn at Caulfield held no fears for her, she handled it like an old stager.

Cameron prefers to give the filly a break, explaining she has had quite a few problems in her short career, she took a tumble earlier and copped a kick, thus the paddock might be the right place before the winter sets in and it gets too cold

Adelaide trained filly, Alezan Thunder, looked as if she might break through for Sam Kavanagh’s first Melbourne winner, after jumping cleanly from the start she set an early pace and appeared to be travelling well just before the turn.

To her credit she fought back well when challenged, the winner only got the better of her near the line, the margin was a half length.

Outside of the first two horses nothing really impressed, there was quite a large margin to the third placegetter, Gowana.

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Lady of Harrods winning for Russell Cameron


Griffiths back in force

After a long and serious illness which resulted in an enforced absence from the race track, Robbie Griffiths bounced back with the best tonic a horse trainer can have, a winner.

There were plenty of smiles in the winner’s circle after the win of Vain Attraction getting up in the last possible stride to catch Tres Vite and Vatican on the line.

The daughter of Bel Esprit was almost friendless in the market starting at $15.00; she was first up since December when running second to Her Diamond Rock on a dead track at Caulfield.

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Vain Attraction sweeping on the leaders

On top of the ground she is a much better mare as was shown at the Valley, she was a fair way back early, motoring home at the rate of knots to win by the shortest of margins.

Griffiths has taken her along quietly which has had the desired result, that was just her fifth start and the patience of her owners is now being rewarded.

Tres Vite also turned in a good run coming off a Maiden win at Werribee, she is not far off winning another race, she was back with the winner on the turn and was only caught in the last stride

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Robbie Griffiths flanked with owners


Cheer squad roots for Velonski

Syndicate members who race the filly Velonski had plenty to cheer about, and cheer they did, as the filly thundered down the straight to win the Alternate Rail Handicap at Moonee Valley.

Once the horses entered the straight it became obvious that Velonski was going to be hard to beat, the cheer squad took over from the course broadcaster, Greg Miles, he was drowned out, bedlam had taken over.

Velonski is just one of the many horses that Shelley Hancox has successfully syndicated, she cost $30,000 out of the Inglis Sales and with the VOBIS bonuses has returned connections a nice return of $85,975.

According to trainer, Greg Eurell, there is about 800 members in the syndicate but fortunately only about 200 turned up on Saturday, otherwise they would have drank the bars dry.

However, there is a place for syndicates in racing, it has given race followers of the sport the opportunity to become more involved in the industry and the pleasure it brings to so many people.

Velonski is by the former brilliant Falvelon, she is the first foal of her dam Skidoodle, she was bred and offered for sale by former Melbourne Racing Club committeeman, Kevin O’Brian and his wife Taznith. 

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Velonski ridden by Jamie Mott 


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