Romsey-based trainer Luke Oliver nabbed his second winner in the space of a week when hot favourite Vivacity scored at Mildura on Monday.
The four-year-old daughter of Bel Esprit and Pink Champagne, beaten into second at her two previous runs, won in maiden company over 1209 metres.
Her victory was the first leg of a winning treble for rider Dean Yendall, who explained the mare had a strong will to win.
Vivacity was having her fourth start for the win and two second placings.
Veteran sneaks home
Armona proved at Echuca last Saturday that age is no barrier.
The rising 11-year-old, prepared by Seymour/Benalla trainer Peter Smith, started favourite over 1100 metres and got the judge’s nod in a blanket finish.
Armona was part of a winning double at the meeting for Linda Meech. She also scored aboard the promising Murless for Trent Busuttin and Natalie Young.
Armona has now won nine races.
Terrific journey with Temps
Kilmore resident Kath Merton and her son Brent are certainly enjoying the ride with their gelding Temps Voleur.
At South Australia’s metro meeting at Gawler last Saturday the six-year-old gelding, trained at Morphettville by Chris Bieg, was an all-the way winner of the $45,000 Gawler Central Football Club BM86 Handicap (1700m), starting at $20.
The gelding, with promising Adelaide apprentice Anna Jordsjo aboard, outstayed Darren Weir’s The Statesman, getting the judge’s nod by a half-head.
Temps Voleur was formerly trained at Cranbourne by Robbie Laing but was kept at Bieg’s stables whenever he travelled to Adelaide.
Laing purchased the gelding for the Mertons and other stable clients at the 2013 Magic Millions Adelaide yearling sale for $70,000.
“He’s the best horse I’ve raced by far,” said Brent Merton. “He’s a real gutsy bulldog and loves a fight. Mum and I have had some great fun with him.”
Temps Voleur has now won seven Adelaide metro races and three at Sandown from his 57 starts. The tough campaigner has accumulated $347,850 in prizemoney.