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    Dean Yendall.

Yendall swoops home in a thriller

Horsham jockey Dean Yendall enjoyed Group 2 success at Sandown on Saturday, saluting in the $250,000 Ladbrokes Sandown Guineas in a thriller.

Yendall swooped home to win aboard Allibor for Warrnambool trainer Symon Wilde, coming from the rear of the field to get the better of Sydney filly Sweet Reply, $2.70 favourite, by a half-head.

The win was Allibor’s first in four career races and the three-year-old gelding benefitted from the late scratching of red-hot favourite Aysar.

Yendall said after the race the son of All Too Hard had a promising future. “My bloke was fully lost and still learning his caper, he’s screaming raw,” he said.

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The step up in distance to 1600 metres suited Allibor, which previously finished fourth in a 1400-metre race at Flemington.

Wimmera racegoers will be keen to return to the country cup circuit next year, after government restrictions have kept fans away from the track.

One of western Victoria’s most popular race days was run and won on Saturday, with Hamilton-trained Tan Check claiming the $45,000 Dunkeld Cup.

The up-and-coming stayer, ridden by Dean Holland, delivered trainer James Bull’s seventh career victory – third with the six-year-old gelding. 

The action moved to Donald on Sunday for the $70,000 bet365 Donald Cup.

Hoop Zac Spain saluted aboard Vungers in the 1600-metre feature for Bendigo trainer Brandon Hearps, leading from go to woah to win by three lengths.

The Wimmera has two Christmas race meetings scheduled for next month, at Stawell on December 5 and Horsham on December 20.

Nhill Cup Day is on Boxing Day, December 26.

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