QUADDIE – FLEMINGTON TODAY
2,6,7,15,16 - 2,4,6,10 - 7,8,9 - 1,3,5,7,8,9
Suggest bet: $36 = 10%
We made a strong start to the new season a week ago in the first edition of RACING WRAP collecting almost $150 for $40, which represented a flexi bet of %40.
BEST FROM BALLARAT
GOTTA TAKE CARE (trained by Darren Weir): Close second MV last start. Running R3 Morphettville today – SA Grand National Hurdle, 3500m.
BELARUSKI (trained by Terry Kelly) ran promising fourth on debut in fillies/mares maiden, 1100m, Bendigo on August 2. Lines up in R2 at Swan Hill on Monday.
NEWS OF THE WEEK
# MICHELLE Payne returns to race riding at Donald tomorrow.
Ironically, it was at Donald that she was a seriously injured in a fall on May 13 this year.
She was thrown to the ground when El Divine knuckled as it jumped out of the barrier.
She suffered five fractured vertebrae, two broken ribs and bruising to her face and chest in the fall.
Payne was cleared to return to trackwork riding late last month and
began riding in trials on July 30.
She was forced to do little but rest for the first six to eight weeks after the fall.
She gradually incorporated some gym work and running into her recovery.
“I feel great, one hundred per cent. I’m in no pain,” Payne told AAP.
She has four riding engagements at Donald, including first starter Centauraine, the Matthew Williams-trained Miss Belistic, Angel Falls from the Andrew Noblet stable and Angelou for Chris Ryan.
ROBERT Smerdon is a finalist for Victoria’s highest horse training honour, the Fred Hoysted Medal.
Smerdon’s outstanding Warrnambool May Carnival earned him a place among six finalists for the award.
His Caulfield/Ballarat stable dominated jumps events at the three-day carnival.
Fareer took out the Brierly Steeplechase and Black And Bent saluted in the Galleywood Hurdle.
Brungle Cry and Kirribilli Gold each won maiden hurdles, providing a springboard for successful jumping seasons for each.
The Fred Hoysted Medalist will be announced at the Victorian Thoroughbred Racing Awards on tomorrow night
August-September: Nigel Blackiston
October-Nobvember: Mikel Delzangles
December-January: Mick Clark
February-March: Mick Clark
April-May: Robert Smerdon
June-July: Ciaron Maher
Smerdon’s multiple group 1-winner Mosheen is also nominated for the Victorian horse of the year.
BALLARAT STABLE FIRST STARTERS
# STERN REALITY (Niello-Cherokee) 3yo gelding – R1 Donald on Sunday (trained by Dan Cunningham)
# CENTAURAINE (Danzero-Centaure) 3yo filly – R1 Donald on Sunday (Darren Weir)
# DESPICT (Kingston Kentucky) 4yo gelding – R2 Donald on Sunday (Keith Carnes)
# SHOW ME HEART (Show A Heart-Sunny Lane) 4yo gelding - R2 Donald on Sunday (Terry Kelly)
# BADENOCH (Dash For Cash-Lianza) 4yo gelding - R3 Donald on Sunday (Ian Anderson)
# GENERAL AMOUR (General Nediym-Libidious) 3yo colt – R1 Swan Hill on Monday (Darren Weir)
# MAGNUS BELLE (Magnus-Marha) 3yo filly – R1 Swan Hill on Monday (Darren Weir)
# AUTUMN MAGIC (Rakti-Level With Me) 5yo mare – R3 Swan Hill on Monday (Darren Weir)
BALLARAT-TRAINED WINNERS IN PAST WEEK
# FLYING HOSTESS (Host-Ardent Command) 3yo filly – 3yo 0-68, 1100m, at Geelong on Friday (trained by Darren Weir)
# IT’S VITAL (Yamanin Vital-Joe Leigh) 4yo gelding – maiden, 1605m, at Echuca on Thursday (Darren Weir)
# CLANG AND BANG (Clangalang-Musical Choice) 6yo gelding – 0-72, 1800m, at Sandown Hillside on Wednesday (Darren Weir)
# WALK WITH ATTITUDE (Hussonet-Hillfa) 3yo filly – 3yo maiden, 1300m, at Geelong on Tuesday (Darren Weir).
# LONROCKSTAR (Lonhro-Dancing Starlet) 3yo colt ON DEBUT – maiden, 1100m, at Geelong on Tuesday (John Sadler*).
# MARTINDALE HALL (Lonhro-Romantic Flyer) 6yo mare – 0-68, 1309m at Seymour on Sunday (Darren Weir).
# STREETS AWAY (Street Cry-Our Sophie) 6yo gelding – open hcp, 1600m, at Moonee Valley on Saturday (Darren Weir).
WEIR MAKES FLYING START
Darren Weir has made a flying start to the new season, leading all-comers in Victoria with seven wins.
# Victorian premiership:
Darren Weir 7-6-3 (34 starters)
David Hayes 4-1-3 (31)
Mick Price 4-1-2 (19)
Robbie Griffiths 3-3-1 (13)
Peter Snowden 3-0-0 (7)