Aussie News - 25th May
By Adam Hamilton
WHEN you think feature Queensland races, you think Grant Dixon.
So it’s no surprise Dixon three of the six Qbred Triad final winners at Albion Park last night.
The splurge started in the 4YO Mares’ final where Dixon had seven runners and trained the first six home, headed by winner Eternal Promise with Adam Sanderson aboard.
Dixon then landed the quinella in the 3YO Fillies’ final when he drove Fond Memories to beat True Stepper, driven by his wife, Trista.
The class runner of the night was Victoria Derby runner-up Governor Jujon, who strolled home in the 3YO colts and geldings final.
Chantal Turpin had a night to remember when she snared the quinella in the 2YO colts and geldings final. She drove Big Wheels to win with Pete McMullen aboard runner-up Justa Little Bit.
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EMOTIONS ran high Friday night when Arts Dash won at Kilmore Friday night.
Arts Dash was owned by Graeme Lang, who passed away last Monday, and scored an impressive win for Lang’s son, Chris, with Chris Alford aboard.
The Lang legacy also lived on at Shepparton on the same night when emerging pacer Sirletic, formerly by the late Gavin Lang and part-owned by his wife, Meagan, won easily.
Sirletic, who is continuing to race in Gavin Lang’s colours, made it two-from-two in the comeback trail and 12 wins from just 19 starts overall.
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CHICAGO Bull found a way at Gloucester Park last Friday night.
The comeback star lifted off a hard run and when seemingly in trouble to snatch a half-head win in the free-for-all at Gloucester Park last Friday night.
It was a big win after driver Chris Voak rated Vultan Tin superbly in front and Chicago Bull had to run a 55.7sec last half outside the leader to win.
Chicago Bull’s had six runs on the comeback trail for three wins, two seconds and a third.
Maybe being Chicago Bull’s trackwork partner has helped young former Kiwi mare Balcatherine take the next step,
The four-year-old daughter of American Ideal led throughout and toyed with her rivals in the Pure Steel at Gloucester Park last Friday.
It was her second win on end and her sixth from just 12 starts.
“She’s actually been Chicago Bull’s sparring partner at home because we haven’t had the open-class horses we’ve had in recent years,” driver Gary Hall Jr said. “She’s come back really well and did that easily.”
Another eye-catching winner on the night was Greg and Skye Bond’s The Bird Dance, who galloped at the start and added to his 20m backmark, but circled the field to win in stunning style.
The former Kiwi has won 11 of his 15 runs since joining Team Bond.
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STILL in WA and emerging filly Blockjorg caused a massive a huge upset winning her heat of the 3YO Diamond Classic, but proved it was no fluke by repeating the dose in the $50,000 final last Friday.
Most were stunned when Blockjorg came off the back of WA’s best filly Double Expresso and beat her in a heat.
Jocelyn Young snared the same run in the final, but this time trailing hot favourite Alta Louisa with Double Expresso sitting parked.
Double Expresso powered past Alta Louisa, but Young peeled to the and Colin Reeves-trained Blockjorg unleashed to win by 1.5m in a brisk 1min56.5sec mile rate for 2130m.
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IT was a very long, but fruitful day for Kate Gath at Melton yesterday (Saturday).
Gath won six of the 13 races run across the morning and night meetings.
She started with two of the six winners at the morning meeting, then won four of the seven at night.
No doubt the highlight was the winning return of star trotter McLovin, who did all the work, but won strongly in a 1min58.9sec mile rate for 2240m.
It was his first run since the Great Southern Star at Melton back on February 1.
Gath also confirmed Tornado Valley was just resuming work after a spell.
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CASH N Flow continued his recent dominance of the Menangle free-for-alls with a fifth successive win last night.
The former All Stars’ pacer loves the mile racing and won as he liked in a 1min50sec flat mile.
He’s remarkably consistent with the five wins all coming in times between 1min49.6sec and 1min50.1sec.