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Chosen Moment – Too smart at Bendigo.

Chosen Moment landed some nice wagers when he was backed in from his opening quote of $4.00, to start a solid favourite at $3.60, in winning the Southern Cross Ten Handicap.

This was his second start; previously he didn’t handle the heavy ground at Sandown when finishing out of a place, but found the better ground at Bendigo more to his liking.

The money was there to suggest he was the one to beat and he didn’t let his supporters down, it was an easy win and will continue to improve.

Imprimus, who has run a string of placings, was again the bridesmaid, after leading early she compounded in the straight showing little resistance, she is not the most tractable of fillies, she carries her head too high and want fully stretch out.

Chosen Moment’s win continued the great run of success that Anthony Freeman is enjoying since he took over the Markdel operation from his brother, Lee.

The colt looks as if he will get further as he was drawing away from his opposition when the post was reached, he will have his next run in the city in a couple of weeks.

Chosen Moment is a good type of colt with a nice pedigree; he is by Choisir, from a half sister to Emancipation, who had numerous race duels with Sir Dapper close on thirty years ago.


Chosen Moment opens his winning account.


Local Mare Wins Gold Bracelet

Locally trained mare, Sparks Alight, a last start winner at Moonee Valley, retained her form in winning the Gold Bracelet at Bendigo on Saturday.

She was among the on pace runners when the field settled down to the 1400 metres, with another local ,Two Hills, setting a fairly solid pace.

Once heads were turned for home it was obvious she was the one to beat, she went to the leaders quickly and soon put the issue beyond doubt within a few strides.

The filly is prepared on the track by Shane Fliender, he served his time as an apprentice jockey with Fred Hood, at Rosehill, before coming to Victoria where he rode successfully for several seasons prior to taking out a licence as a trainer.

He has done a great job with the mare who continues to hold her form remarkably well; she has not missed a place in her last six starts.

The mare is part of a long range plan when it was known six months ago that Bendigo had been granted the date to race, Fliender set the wheels in motion saying, “I will set the mare for that race. “

Sparks Alight wins Gold Bracelet

Sparks Alight was ridden the prefect race by Jacob Rule, he still retains his touch after a break of five months out of the saddle, returning to race riding in July.

The break was more of a necessity than a holiday, he was getting tired of the busy lifestyle that jockeys often have to lead, racing is seven days a week, plus wasting and travelling to race meetings from one end of the state to the other, at the end of the day it is all about winning.

Since returning to the saddle he has ridden 20 winners, he has now joined forces with John Sadler, the partnership is working well.

Jacob Rule


Longshot wins Golden Mile

Punters were well off the beam when Dance With Her, prepared by the training partnership of David Brideoake and David Feek, returned the handsome dividend of $93.10 in winning the Yalumba Golden Mile.

A mare, noted for her ability over longer trips, was up there mixing it with the leaders for the majority of the race, she took charge on the home turn, defying the opposition to run her down in the straight.

Testascana, starting at much shorter odds than the winner, was a definite threat all the way down the long straight, but failed by a long neck to take out the thick end of the prize.

The favourite, Folding Gear, was always back on the fence in an awkward position, when he eventually got a run he didn’t finish off as well as expected.

Chasm ran a good honest race, to just miss a place after being much closer in running than usual; the change of tactics may not have suited him.

The decision was made to run Dance With Her in the Golden Mile, instead of the Echuca Cup, last week, after she drew a wide gate.

Dance With Her winning the Golden Mile

Jake Noonan gave the mare a great ride; he had his mount well positioned at every stage of the race, he continues to ride with same zest as he did prior to that nasty fall at Flemington last year.

He was the leading apprentice at the time of his fall; fortunately he has regained his confidence and is making the best of his opportunities.

Jake Noonan


Festina Lente ready to step to city class

There was a lot to like about the win of Festina Lente in the Bendigo Guineas, he is about to take the next step stretching out to at least 1600 metres.

Given that he is by Strategic, one would assume he would be merely a sprinter, he ran out a strong 1400 metres of the Guineas and was doing his best work on the line.

He is a nice colt that has been taken quietly by the Snowden stable and is beginning to show the benefit of it, this was just his fourth start, he can now boast three wins out of four starts, which is promising.

Even with that form card here there were five other runners preferred to him in the betting order, his starting price of $12.60 was quite surprising.

The favourite, Huegill, was best supported, he seemed to be in a lot of trouble on the fence in the straight after drawing barrier 10, the short cut didn’t work for Michael Walker.

So Swift, first up since winning the Sandown Guineas, turned in a nice run, he came from a fair way back and was doing his best work when the post was reached, he will be greatly improved by the run.

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Festina Lente winning the Bendigo Guineas


Hay List –All class in Newmarket Win

Hay List showed all the championship qualities in winning Saturday’s Newmarket Handicap, increasing his stake earnings just short of $2.5 million.

With no Black Caviar about it was his day, if ever a horse deserved to win a million dollar race, this was the one, he had to overcome adversity, through injury, that saw his life in the balance over several weeks, horses of lesser ability and courage would have long retired to a grassy paddock.

Hay List was at his ultimate best in the Newmarket, he had to lump the steadier of 58.5 kg giving every runner in the field of 22 weight, it was the highest weight carried since the brilliant Gold Stakes won with 60 kg in 1959.

He opened favourite at $3.50, at the close of betting $3.80 was available, the only horses backed against him were, Rain Affair, Foxwedge and to lesser extent, Lone Rock.

Hay List was well served at barrier rise, however, Glyn Schofield didn’t bustle him, allowing the gelding to find his ground in the centre of the track.

Rain Affair bounced out from the inside gate but never got far away from them as he did in Sydney, Buffering made him earn his stripes, maybe Rain Affair would have been better suited if the race was run a week earlier, as he is at his best on a rain effected track.

However, nothing can be taken away from the winner, Hay List, it was courage that won him the Newmarket, his trainer John McNair, from Gosford, can stand tall, he has done a remarkable job to bring the gelding back from death’s door.


Hay List making his winning run

What a trio! Hay List, John McNair and jockey Glyn Schofield, he rode the perfect race, never wanting to try and match the pace with the leaders, preferring to save his mount for the final run, everything was timed to the letter.

Hay List will run in the William Reid Stakes at Moonee Valley before returning to Sydney


John McNair and Glyn Schofield


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