Best performed junior crickets to be recognised

BALLARAT Cricket Association’s leading junior performers will be recognized tonight.

The BCA will have its under-16 and under-14 awards night at Saxon House.

PLATELET LAYS FOUNDATION 

MULTIPLE group 1 winner Platelet showed she is on course for autumn riches with a first-up victory in a 55 Second Challenge heat, 955m, at Moonee Valley races on Friday night.

First-up since spring, she start at the generous starting price of $3.50 and took her earnings to $1.126m from nine career wins.

Platelet had an outstanding autumn last year, wining the SA group 1 double of the Sangster and The Goodwood.

Weir is throwing plenty at Ararat gallops today as he maintains a sizeable lead in the Victorian trainers’ premiership.

This includes two first-starters among three stable runners in the third event – a maiden.

They are the New Zealand-bred Cool Water and Celtic Cat, which also boasts an overseas pedigree, being by US-bred sire Tale of The Cat and out of Irish-bred mare Angel Heart.

Weir has topped 150 wins in Victoria for the season, more than 30  better than his nearest rival Peter Moody.

ANOTHER GREYHOUND RACE MEETING

BALLARAT Greyhound Racing Club continues it busiest week of the year with a 12-race program today.

This will be the third of four meetings in eight days, having had an extra fixture on Sunday.

The first event today is at 12.15pm.

Lake Goldsmith trainer Joanne Doherty capitalized on the Ballarat extra meeting last night, getting the money with Might Mullet ($10.10) in the Lynette’s Forest Grade 5, 450m.

 Lal Lal’s Zac’s Sixpense ($3.70) also saluted in the Flying Horse Grade 5, 450m.

LEADING THE KEY

FINDING the front proved to be the key to Ballarat district pacers Urban Shadow and Seven Ounce returning to the winners’ list at Ballarat trots on Sunday night.

Urban Shadow ($13) notched up his second career win for Ross Creek trainer Paul Rowse in the Wendouree Wholesalers 4yo/better Pace, 2200m.

The 4yo was the first leg of a driving double for Jodi Quinlan, who later won on the Craig Demmler-trained 3yo filly Seville Lady ($2.60 favourite).

Seven Ounce ($2.60 favourite) had his third career win for Daylesford trainer Michael Barby and driver Anne-Maree Conroy in the Nextra Stockland 4yo/older Pace, 2200m.

In winning Urban Shadow and Seven Ounce are the top qualifiers for a final at Geelong on Saturday night.

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