Jason Maskiell has had a quick impact back in Victoria, helped by the Andrew Sawden-trained Drysdale Spirit, who gave the jockey his second win back at Kilmore last Friday.
The front-running son of Bel Esprit, second up from a spell and stretching out to 1450 metres, made a slow start but used barrier two to dictate the pace.
Kicking clear in the straight, Drysdale Spirit ($7.50) held off Booze Free, who got within a neck on the line in the field of six.
“I just tried to pinch a break on the turn and keep at him,” Maskiell told Racing.com. “I saw on the replays he didn’t like the whip much so it was good he got the job done
The win was the horse’s third in a 28-start career, taking his earnings past $61,998.
Maskiell, who has been riding mainly in his native Tasmania, notched the first winner of his current Victorian stint at Stawell earlier last week, scoring on Kent Street for Warrnambool trainer Peter Chow.
In other news from Sawden’s stable, encouraging youngster Blooming Lily was scratched from Flemington on Thursday and should be hard to beat in maiden grade next time out.
A six-hour round trip to Mortlake paid dividends for Bendigo’s Adam O’Neill last Saturday when Written Tycoon mare Tycoon Roxy saluted comfortably for those who took the $1.60 quote.
The chestnut was first up from a spell, having placed at Wangaratta and Cranbourne in a three-start initial campaign.
The mare settled behind the leaders and peeled out at the top of the straight for a comfortable win.
The win was the second leg of a treble for talented young hoop Fred Kersley.
Bred and part-owned by the Colless family, Tycoon Roxy is from the Telesto mare Huon Cry, whom the Collesses raced to five wins.
Tycoon Roxy is her first to the track, with a son by Magic Albert to follow.
Nick at last
A well timed ride from John Keating saw Nickalo break through at start 18 at Wycheproof last Saturday — the first of three winners for the Bendigo hoop.
The victory extended trainer Brad Cole’s good run at the once-a-year meeting and was a $4.80 chance at his sixth run back from a spell.
Settling just off the speed, Nickalo got a gap late and came away for a 1½-length win in front of a big group of owners.
The victory was Cole’s third for the season.
Stablemate Make Me Dough finished third over the border at Berrigan on the same day.
Keating’s other winners came courtesy of Ellie Quarterdolla (trained Edmund Bourke) and Desert Duel (Ron Daniel) in the final two races.
Owl on the Prowl won the Wycheproof Cup, with 2016 and 2017 winner Vianden having to settle for third.
Bendigo hobby trainer Graham Browney prepared his first winner in almost two years when Big Roy broke his maiden status in easy fashion at the Wycheproof meeting.
Sent around a $1.70 favourite under Jason Baldock after placings at Echuca, Avoca and St Arnaud, the So You Think gelding cruised to a 4¾ length win.
The race yielded a Bendigo trifecta, with Ken Watson’s Rock Me Amadeus and Anne Maree Curran’s It Will Happen filling the placings.
Big Roy was a $42,000 yearling purchase who began his career with Jim Cerchi junior.
Browney bought him for $4400 in an online auction in June.