It was a case of same venue, same distance, same result last Friday night when the Anne Yates-trained Weave went back-to-back over 3000 metres at The Valley.
Ben Allen was again aboard the five-year-old and made his move a long way from home as the $5 equal favourite scored comfortably by 1¼ lengths.
“We have to weigh up what we want to do but we’ll probably send him for a quick freshen-up so we can come back for the better races … we’ll now have to aim for something higher,” Yates told Racing.com.
One of those options will be the $150,000 listed Bagot Handicap (2800m) at Flemington on January 1. The VOBIS Gold stayers series is also on the radar.
Weave has now banked $148,815 for his connections. Last Friday night’s win was Yates’s 10th metropolitan victory.
Welcome back, Brad
The name Brad Cole made a welcome return to the form guides this week, with the popular Bendigo trainer saddling up his first runner since August.
Cole had Kinjulator run at his home track on Wednesday after fighting off a severe bout of influenza he contracted three months ago.
The 55-year-old was placed in an induced coma for two weeks and spent a month in hospital all told.
His fellow Bendigo trainer Aileen Vanderfeen lent a helping hand in the meantime, managing one win and four placings with Cole’s stock in his absence.
It’s great to have you back at the track, Brad!
Kassie KOs punters
Bendigo apprentice Kassie Furness returned from injury in the best possible style at Terang on Monday but punters might not have felt quite so positive about Real Finniss’s win at $201.
Furness, 26, was out of the saddle for five months after falling from a horse in a trial, breaking her hand in two places and suffering severe concussion.
“I’m back better than ever — all the lows make you appreciate the highs that little bit more,” Furness told Racing.com.
Furness claims three kilograms and is seeking an extension to her apprenticeship, which is scheduled to end in March.
Setinum set for comeback
Past Bendigo horse of the year and dual stakes winner Setinum will trial at Tatura on Monday as the six-year-old prepares to return to the track for Shane Fliedner.
Injury has sidelined Setinum on the sidelines since April and he has raced only three times since placing at Flemington on Emirates Stakes day 2015.
The stable’s dual city winner In Fairness, who returned with a gallant sixth placing at The Valley last Friday night, will race next at Morphettville on December 16.
A Star is back
Allen Browell’s smart debut winner Star Hills will make his anticipated racetrack return at The Valley on Friday night over 1000 metres.
The son of Browell’s former smart Two Hills was well backed to win at Donald back in July and hasn’t been sighted since the three length trouncing.
Rhys McLeod retains the ride and will have to overcome Barrier 13.