Reward for Effort gelding Inaminute made it back-to-back wins for Bendigo trainer Shane Fliedner when he took out Tuesday’s $25,000 Hughes Punters Club BM64 Handicap (1100m) on his home circuit.
Inaminute had notched his maiden victory 15 days earlier at Swan Hill and on Tuesday was again ridden by Harry Coffey to an all-the-way victory.
“He has got a good turn of foot but he needs to learn how to relax,” Fliedner said.
“We’re letting him do his own thing at the moment because every time we try to settle him, it upsets him.
“Over time I think he’ll get out over ground and relax once we take the blinkers off him.”
Inaminute ($5.50) held on by a half-length from Grey Strike (trained by Phil Sweeney) and fellow local Vungers (Brendon Hearps).
This was the fourth straight week the Fliedner camp has found the winner’s stall, with a season tally of eight winners.
Last-start Bendigo Cup day winner Flying Spark will be out to make it nine when Stephanie Thornton partners her over 1000 metres at Moonee Valley on Friday night.
Rebeka rolls dice, wins
Daring tactics from apprentice Rebeka Prest paid dividends when local mare Catechesis led all the way in the $25,000 Roll the Dice BM64 Handicap (1400m) on Tuesday at Bendigo.
From an outside barrier the seven-year-old stretched the field out by taking a lengthy lead, then held on bravely to score by 4½ lengths — the fourth win from 33 starts for the Bob Donat-trained daughter of Keep the Faith.
“That’s how we planned it and we were just hoping she’d be quick enough,” Donat explained.
The horse was sent out a $12 chance with winkers applied on the back of second placings in benchmark 58 company at Bendigo and Swan Hill.
Donat’s plan is to tackle the $90,000 Wodonga Cup (1590m) on November 24.
Catechesis is unbeaten from two starts at Wodonga.
Tuesday’s win took the mare’s prize bank to $80,181.
Oasis to paddock
Patrick Starr has sent his sprinter Diamond Oasis to the spelling paddock following his recent below-par performance at Rosehill.
The horse was galloped on in the run on November 4, finishing eighth, to end a campaign that included a fourth placing at Moonee Valley and fifth in the Apache Cat Classic.
Banks makes board bid
Sutton Grange-based trainer Paul Banks is contesting the upcoming election to the board of the Bendigo Jockey Club.
Banks, who trains a small team of horses, has an extensive business portfolio.
With three seats up for grabs, he will challenge standing members Margot Falconer, Jack Lyons and Dane Sheppard.