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Time to assess with racing pause

This week we drew breath as spring racing in the Wimmera took a brief pause. 

It was a well-earned spell for clubs and administrators that allowed us to look back on some stand-out performances and ones to follow from a busy period on the racing calendar. 

The early October meeting in Murtoa always produces a runner to follow and this year’s meeting was no exception. Winner of the last race on their cup program – a heat for the Melbourne Cup Carnival Country Series – was the Ciaron Maher-Dave Eustace-trained Court Deep, who was victorious in last weekend’s Penshurst Cup as $2 favourite.

The future looks bright for the five-year-old gelding, which has recorded three wins and a second from six starts this preparation.

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St Arnaud Turf Club and committee produced an excellent surface for racing that has seen nearly a dozen subsequent winners from their Cox Plate-weekend meeting.

It is testament to the hard work of track staff and volunteers to not only have horses recover soundly from the meeting, but progress to the winners’ stall in their later endeavours. This is a meeting where we’ve gathered in front of the big screen to watch a mighty mare cruise to four Cox Plate wins and it’s going to be magic to return there in 2022.

Looking to this weekend, the horse to follow must be recent Ararat winner and Jericho Cup contender, Heberite. Partnered by Horsham hoop Dean Yendall, the seven-year-old gelding never gave his rivals a look-in during his heat for the Jericho Cup, winning by an impressive four lengths.

The son of Raise The Flag will start Sunday’s 4600-metre event as one of the strong fancies, having run out the 3800 metres at Ararat so strongly. Yendall will be hoping to add another feature win to his already impressive spring campaign. 

– Josh Miller

The entire November 24, 2021 edition of The Weekly Advertiser is available online. READ IT HERE!

The entire November 24, 2021 edition of AgLife is available online. READ IT HERE!