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Tykook helps out bookies

Stawell trained filly, Tykook, gave bookies the respite they were looking for when she charged home to score in the Construction Engineering Handicap, starting at the succulent odds of $31.00.

It was a clever ride from Linda Meech, she is making the best of her opportunities, she had the filly in a winning position for most of the trip, pulling out at the right time to make her run.

Tykook was about due for another win as she hasn’t been further back than fifth at her last five starts, whether she will get further than the 1200 metres of Saturday’s win remains to be seen.

Terry O’Sullivan has had a few problems with her as she is inclined to over race, it’s a matter of getting her to settle, and she led them up in the Listed Redelva Stakes by four or five lengths, at Morphettville, before finishing out of a place.

O’Sullivan made excuses for her unplaced run at Bendigo as she was on the wrong part of the track which didn’t suit her.

Tykook, is by Written Tycoon, he is having a successful run as a sire at present, he is leaving quality progeny, as a result he is covering better mares.

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Tykook with Linda Meech up


Stole wins Slickpix in a breeze

Stole put her rivals well away before the turn to win the opening agenda, the Slickpix Handicap at Moonee Valley.

Sitting off a good pace set by Roccin Jo, the daughter of Desert Fox had the field covered when heads were turned for home; it was then just a matter of how far.

Her trainer, Brian Jenkins, trainer of the 1998 Melbourne Cup winner Jezabeel, has no immediate plans for the mare, except to say she is possibly better placed beyond a mile.

Whilst these races confined to mares at around 2000 metres are programmed she is going to be competitive, she can sit off a strong pace which is an advantage.

Placement, out of the Danny O’Brien yard, started favourite but was well out of her ground on the home turn, whilst she ran on fairly she was never a threat to the winner.

Roccin Jo, who was in sole control of the race for most of the journey, compounded once she reached the home turn, failing to beat a runner to the line. 

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Stole winning Slickpix Handicap         


Hawkes in no hurry

John Hawkes is in no hurry to declare his hand as to whether his star colt, All Too Hard, will take his place in the field when final declarations are taken for the Golden Slipper Stakes, the richest two year old race in the world tomorrow morning.

He is not the person to be rushed, he has time on his side, be it only 24 hours, he is carefully weighing the issues, he has been there before, he knows what it is all about.

Should All Too Hard he a final acceptor it would be the answer to a promoter’s dream, imagine the scripting, the battle of the sexes, the unbeaten colt versus the unbeaten filly.

The race would take on another dimension; it would be no walk in the park for All Too Hard, an outstanding colt and equally, Samaready, a quality filly who demolished the field in the Blue Diamond Stakes at Caulfield.

Both youngsters have much in common besides being unbeaten; each is adaptable to racing in the clockwise direction.

Barrier positions will undoubtedly determine who will start favourite, at present both are sharing the top of the charts at $3.00 each of two.

If All Too Hard happens to draw close to the fence it could be to his disadvantage as he is not a fast beginner and with the usual break neck speed in the race he won’t receive too many favours.


Nothing wrong that cannot be righted

Racing Victoria must take a firmer stance to improve the image of racing after consistent debacles at both Benalla and Geelong over recent weeks.

Clubs should be penalised in some form if they cannot perform to the optimum, the racing public is entitled to a better deal than what is being served to them.

Benalla has become literally a mine field; the track opens at the most inopportune times, with not the slightest sign of a statement from any member of the committee.

There is no point in passing the buck, the committees having an obligation to their patrons to ensure the track is presented in a fit state for racing; a haphazard attitude is not acceptable.

Racing is a huge business, it must be treated in that manner, and if private enterprise would not accept excuses, why should Racing Victoria?

As for the Geelong issue last Friday that is only minor compared to Benalla, there will always be varying opinions as far as track ratings are concerned, that is never likely to alter until such time as another rating system is introduced.


Bendigo – A wise choice

When Racing Victoria granted a stand alone race fixture for a provincial city, Bendigo was the obvious choice.

Nothing was taken for granted, the committee took the bit between their teeth, and this was the ideal opportunity to showcase a racecourse that any city would be proud to call their own.

Bendigo has a great racing tradition, long before the mid-twenties when Manfred, among the most gifted horses the turf has known, was stabled across the road, opposite the member’s drive, trained by Harry McCalman.

While the club was entitled to expect a larger crowd than just fewer than 4,000, it was a great race meeting held under ideal conditions on an excellent track.

Racing Victoria got it right when Bendigo was the selected course for the stand alone fixture.


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