Ex-NSW galloper Circus Dancer has proved an astute purchase for Horsham trainer Stephen Lenehan, who won a second race with the Walking or Dancing mare at Edenhope last Saturday.
Tahlia Hope sent Circus Dancer straight to the lead in the Bullarook Park Stud Benchmark 58 (1000m), setting a solid early tempo.
The $3.10 chance continued to travel well and slipped away to a three-length lead before the home turn. She gave a strong kick entering the straight to set up an unbridgeable lead.
Circus Dancer did tire in the shadows of the post, but had enough of a break to prevail by a length over $2.50 favourite Good Offa.
The win was Circus Dancer’s second in 11 starts, having begun her career with Matthew Smith.
She’s earned $21,895 in eight starts for Lenehan.
Divine green but good
In the main event at Edenhope, former Wimmera boy Darren Weir completed back-to-back Edenhope Cups, winning this year’s version with Divine Sanction.
Ridden by comeback jockey Jarrod Lorensini, Divine Sanction ($7) was able to overcome his awkward barrier draw (nine of 10) and settle in the first half of the field.
The son of Teofilo travelled sweetly before rapidly making up ground prior to the turn.
One of the widest runners in the straight, Divine Sanction was coming home hard.
The five-year-old was slightly wayward over the concluding stages, wanting to lay in, but proved a half-length too good.
The win was Divine Sanction’s third overall but his first from four starts for the Weir camp, having transferred from the Godolphin team to Australian Bloodstock after his last campaign.
Weir won last year’s Edenhope Cup with Lips Areios.