Local trainers showed out at at bet365 Park Kyneton last Thursday, Stephen Field scoring with Buddy for Nothing ($21) and the in-form George Osborne taking out the daily double with Southern Turf ($7) and Mount Horeb ($2.90 favourite) respectively.
Field was thrilled with the win of his five-year-old Strategic gelding in the $23,000 Sunbury Square Maiden Plate (1212m).
Ridden by local hoop John Robertson, the gelding defeated $2.30 favourite Dream Brother by a half-head with Piqaboo ($26) a head away third.
Field was backing the gelding up after he failed to beat a runner home at Kilmore four days earlier.
“He’s a very hard horse to ride but John’s ridden him a few times now and has sort of worked him out,” Field said, adding that a quick back-up had worked before, when Buddy for Nothing ran second at Kilmore two starts earlier — his only placing in 17 prior starts.
Dual joy for George
Last Thursday’s double at his home track made it six winners in the space of a month for George Osborne.
Southern Turf, a four-year-old gelded son of Turffontein and Southern Tip, was an all-the-way winner of the Winning Edge Presentations Class 1 Handicap (1212m).
Ridden by Linda Meech, the gelding defeated Jittery Jack ($6.50) by 2¼ lengths with $3.30 favourite Strong Influence three-quarters of a length away third.
“Linda rode him a treat — when she gets to the front she can win on anything,” Osborne said.
“I knew he was fit so I knew he was going to be hard to run down.”
Part-owned by the trainer, Southern Turf has now won two races with five minor placings from his 15 starts.
Osborne’s second winner, Mount Horeb, a four-year-old Moshe gelding, was a comfortable winner of the Ray White Real Estate Romsey BM58 Handicap (1112m).
The gelding, ridden by apprentice Alana Kelly, defeated Waterford Sound ($18) by a long neck with Smuggling ($21) a head away third.
Also part-owned by Osborne, Mount Horeb has now won three races with two minor placings from 11 starts.
Well done to Wodonga trainer Craig Widdison on saddling up a treble at the hugely successful Wodonga Cup meeting last Friday.
He is becoming the border’s cup day king, as he saddled up a treble at the Albury Gold Cup meeting in March this year, including cup winner Willi Willi.
Seymour Racing Club will host meetings on Thursday December 20 and Sunday December 30.
Meanwhile bet365 Park Kilmore will be out of action for many months due to track renovations, which include widening of the home straight widening.