The Peter Morgan-trained All a Spritz ($10-$16) made it two wins from as many starts at The Valley last Friday night.
Coming off a smart debut run at Echuca last month, the three-year-old gelded son of All American and Bubbly Duchess was most impressive in leading from go to whoa in the $40,000 Quest Moonee Valley BM64 Handicap (1200m).
Ridden again by Linda Meech, the gelding defeated Our Sea Goddess ($15) by a length with $2 favourite Interram a close-up third.
“Pete’s not in the best of health at the moment but his horses are absolutely flying,” Meech said on returning to the winner’s circle.
“We brought him here Monday and he worked terrific, but I was still worried because he’s so green,” she said.
Morgan, who wasn’t on course to witness the win, bought All a Spritz for what now looks a bargain price of $50,000 at the 2017 Inglis Classic yearling sale. He races the horse with wife Judy and long-time stable clients Bruce and Jill Mathieson and Rick Smith.
The gelding has earned $34,650.
Ben a perfect Paris match
Romsey trainer Luke Oliver’s Reigning In Paris ($4.80-$7) was rewarded for her consistency at Wangaratta last Thursday.
The Rothesay six-year-old mare was a narrow winner of the Reality Fine Clothing BM64 Handicap (1590m).
Ridden by apprentice Ben Allen, the mare defeated Hi Suppose ($3.70) by a half-head with $1.90 favourite Evie Matilda a length and a quarter away third.
Oliver was full of praise for Allen, who has won twice on the mare from three rides.
The mare was a $100,000 purchase by Oliver at the 2014 Magic Millions Gold Coast yearling sale for a host of stable clients.
In five starts this campaign before last week’s win, she’d notched a second, two thirds and a fourth.
Reigning In Paris now has seven wins and 10 minor placings from 47 starts, with earnings of $133,758.
Kyneton & Hanging Rock Racing Club hosted its first meeting for the new season last Friday, and it was a beauty.
The spring weather attracted a good crowd for the mammoth 10-race card.
Bookies got a caning, with eight favourites saluting the judge.
Local trainers failed to win a race, with George Osborne doing best, coming second to the impressive Lagerfeld ($2.15 favourite) with Nothing But A Saga ($8).
The next meeting at bet365 Kyneton Park is this coming Tuesday, October 16.
Sun breaks through
In excess of 200 seniors celebrated the commencement of Seniors Week at Kilmore Racing Club’s successful eight-race fixture on Monday.
Again punters came out on top, with four favourites successful.
One of the more notable was Sunquest ($2.15), from the Flemington stable of ex-Kilmore trainer Steve Richards.
Sunquest appreciated a huge class drop in narrowly taking out the Mr Munday Maiden Plate (1100m) at his 15th start.
The four-year-old gelded son of Helmet and Seeking Sunshine was racing for the first time since finishing unplaced at Flemington on Anzac Day. This time last spring he was beaten less than a length when second to subsequent three-time group winner Cliff’s Edge at Caulfield.
Among the ownership and on track to enjoy the win was prominent Sydney vet Tim Roberts.
KRC’s next turf meeting is on Tuesday week, October 23.