Luke Oliver saddled up his first city winner since moving into his Romsey farm late last year when Hunamosa ($4.60) scored at Moonee Valley last Friday night.
The trainer backed up with another winner in Khutulun ($6) at his main base, Caulfield, the following day.
Hunamosa, a five-year-old New Zealand-bred gelding by Alamosa from Golden Honey narrowly took out the $40,000 1PRINT Handicap (1523m) with apprentice Ben Allen aboard. Hunamosa beat $2.70 favourite Greviste by a short half-head with a gap to third.
The win was the consistent Hunamosa’s sixth from 22 starts, for $133,310 in prizemoney.
Khutulun, a Soldier’s Tale seven-year-old mare, got up on the line to win the $100,000 The Big Screen Company Handicap (1800m).
The mare, ridden by apprentice Ben Thompson, defeated $4.20 favourite Downhearted.
The honest mare has now won eight races with 14 minor placings from her 43 starts, earning $492,185.
Storm sparks storm
Kyneton trainer Mick Sell’s unruly Ardra Storm survived a controversial protest after taking out the Ord Motorcycles Ararat BM58 Handicap (1310m) at Ararat last Thursday.
Ridden by Craig Robertson, the four-year-old Wanted mare hit the running rail in the straight twice prior to veering out towards the outer rail then sharply angling back to the inside rail nearing the winning post.
First-year apprentice Lewis German, rider of second-placed Our Wando, fired in a protest.
With the margin 1½ lengths, stewards did not think the interference caused was a factor in the result and dismissed the objection.
With social media going wild over the decision, the stewards put out a 1000-word report to media justifying the decision.
Ardra Storm mas now won two races with two minor placings from her 16 starts.
Belle chimes in
Kilmore trainer Danny Laws, who has only a handful of horses in work due to the pressure of running his Southside Stockfeeds business, was successful with Tiffany’s Belle ($4.40) at Wodonga last Sunday.
The five-year-old daughter of Bel Esprit and the good producing mare Tiffany’s Best was a narrow but impressive winner of the Premier Building & Construction F&M BM58 Handicap (1100m).
Settled back in the 12-horse field by John Keating, the mare was badly held up on the turn prior to plotting a course through the field to get up from Amaretto ($20) and Airino ($3.70).
Tiffany’s Belle was a $20,000 purchase by Laws at the 2014 Inglis Premier yearling sale for himself, wife Jeanette and long-time stable clients headed by former Kilmore solicitor John Hoban, son of the late Kilmore Turf Club president and life member Reg Hoban.
She now has two wins and two minor placings from 17 starts.
Loose too good
Earlier on the Wodonga program, Seymour trainer David “Butch” Bourne saddled up Let Loose ($2.05 favourite) for a narrow win.
Coming off a debut third placing at Hanging Rock on Australia Day, the Red Arrow three-year-old took out the $22,000 CB Debt Maiden Plate (1200m).
The win gave jockey Jake Duffy his third win from the first three races on the eight-race card.
Good luck to Kilmore-based Jason Baldock on his return to race riding.
Baldock resumed at the recent bet365 Park Kyneton meeting aboard the Michael and Luke Cerchi-trained Dunphy.
His last ride prior to his comeback was for Darren Weir aboard Bushrod at Swan Hill on February 9 2010!
Baldock has been keeping fit with trackwork riding for Hawkes Racing at Flemington.
Foot woes claim Miss
Sympathy to Kyneton trainer George Osborne on the loss of his much-loved stable star Miss Vista on Monday.
The popular mare, the winner of four races from 10 starts, was euthanised to put her out of pain as she was suffering from ongoing and irreparable issues with her feet.