It was great to see a healthy and enthusiastic crowd on course to see last Sunday’s $70,000 Ladbrokes Traralgon Cup (1900m) taken out in emphatic style by Caulfield trainer Nick Ryan’s progressive four-year-old Mahamedeis.
Heavily supported, Mahamedeis ($1.90 favourite) had seven lengths to spare on the line from Scherzoso ($9.50) and The Mighty Jrod ($17).
There was a local connection, with winning jockey Noel Callow having spent some of his apprenticeship based at Traralgon with Allan Douch. It was, surprisingly, “King” Callow’s first Traralgon Cup win in a stellar career, yielding winners throughout Asia and Australia for more than 20 years.
Mahamedeis will now head to Werribee on Sunday for the $125,000 TAB Werribee Cup (2000m).
The Latrobe Valley Racing Club, formed in 2007 after the demise of the Traralgon Racing Club, was blessed with some luck last Sunday after well documented battles with inclement weather and other misfortune in recent times.
Club manager Rodney Stephens was happy with this year’s turnout.
“We’ve had the dining room and marquees full and they’ve enjoyed themselves and had a really great day,” he said.
“We finally get to race – it was great to see those first horses past the post.”
Bragging rights for the day went to Cranbourne trainer Shea Eden and jockey Nikita Beriman, combining for a double with Cavalero (benchmark 64) and Our Girl Babs (maiden), both over 1900 metres.
Cobains-based trainer Rebecca Kelly was another in the winner’s stall at Traralgon, combining with in-form comeback hoop Dylan Dunn to salute with Rolling Moss in the No Fuss Event Hire Maiden Plate (1100m.)
Rolling Moss (Moshe-Zoeanos) was bred by the trainer’s parents, Graeme and Faye Wright. He was offered at the 2015 VOBIS Gold yearling sale but failed to meet his reserve.
His connections’ patience was rewarded last Sunday with Rolling Moss ($3), leading all the way to defeat American Storm ($2.35 favourite) and Highest Duty ($81).
In other news from the Kelly yard, she will target stable star Queen Annabel at a fillies-and-mares benchmark 84 at Flemington on December 15.
It’s a busy time at Kelly Thoroughbreds (Rebecca and husband Travis), with plenty of mare-and-foal activity from their boutique broodmare band.
Yearling preparations are also underway, with the Kellys to be represented in the ring at the Magic Millions (Adelaide), Inglis Premier and VOBIS Gold sales.
Hardy on his game
Popular Wonthaggi trainer Jack Wilson and his talented but erratic galloper Game Up Hardy ($41) knocked out plenty of quaddie punters last Thursday night at Racing.com Park in the Berwick Bus Lines Benchmark 64 Handicap (1400m).
Wilson, a retired butcher, is the younger brother of former legendary jockey Neville “Nifty” Wilson.
He has trained a small team (currently one) with success from his property for many years, originally working his horses at the nearby Stony Creek Racing Club, these days commuting to Tynong (Pakenham Racing Club) for fast work when required.
Game Up Hardy (48: 6-1-7, $95,079), now a seven-year-old has always been a project horse for Wilson — frustrating at times, a friend some days, a foe on plenty more, unlucky in races, with plenty of ability but a mind of his own.
A delighted and optimistic Wilson explained, “He’s a funny horse — you never know what he’s thinking or going to do. I did sense that he was on his game in the mounting yard.
“We’ll probably head to Sandown for a 1500-metre race (December 12).”
Ben Thompson had the winning ride at Racing.com Park.