Local trainer Ted Grogan carried the flag for district stables at bet365 Kyneton Park last Thursday with the longest-priced winner on the card.
Four-year-old Jungle Ruler mare Discombobulate ($21) scored an impressive win in the bet365 Protest Promise Maiden Plate (1450m).
With Zac Spain aboard, Discombobulate defeated Pequina Colina ($11) by a length with fellow Kyneton trainee Mean Mister ($7.50) a long neck away third.
“I was pretty confident with Zac on her today,” Grogan said. “He’s ridden her before and he did everything he was asked.
“She’s had a bit of bad luck in her (previous) starts and been held up a few times.
“She’s worked home nicely to the line and is now due for a spell.”
Discombobulate broke through at her 13th start, having run two minor placings.
Five favourites were successful on the eight-race card, the most impressive being the Danny O’Brien-trained Cracksman ($3.40), who was piloted by international hoop Brett Prebble on one of his rare appearances at Kyneton.
Synthetic suits Mint …
In-form Kyneton trainer George Osborne travelled to the Racing.com Park synthetic track at Pakenham on Sunday and came home a winner.
Osborne saddled up Mint On Moseley ($4.40) for a most impressive win in the Racing.com BM58 Handicap (1200m).
The five-year-old Mint Lane (USA) gelding, ridden by Daniel Stackhouse, defeated Stanborough ($9) by three lengths.
The gelding has a liking for synthetic tracks. His other two runs on those surfaces yielded a win at Geelong last June and a close-up fourth on the Pakenham synthetic a month later.
Osborne purchased Mint On Moseley at the 2015 Magic Millions Adelaide yearling sale at a bargain price of $18,000. he races the gelding in partnership with a number of stable clients.
The gelding has now won three races with four minor placings from 18 starts, trebling his purchase price with $55,450 in prizemoney.
… and Mosh
Later on the Racing.com Park program, Romsey trainer Luke Oliver had to share the winner’s prize when Moshvago ($4) dead-heated with $2.50 favourite Dash For Dee in the Sportsbet – The Least You Can Do BM58 Handicap (1600m).
Moshvago, a five-year-old daughter of Moshe and Viva La Brom, was ridden by Brian Higgins. Heaven’s Reject ($7.50) was a further three lengths away third.
Moshvago’s only other win came on the synthetic surface at Geelong in June last year, when she was trained by Jamie Edwards.
“She’s a consistent mare who enjoys racing on the synthetic surface. This will hold her in good stead over the coming months as there’ll be plenty of opportunities to race on the synthetic tracks,” Oliver said.
The mare has had 16 starts, earning $44,144.
A quick back-up did the trick for Seymour gelding Smuggling on his home track on Monday.
Having finished second behind Distant Sky at Kyneton four days earlier, the Stephen Brown-trained six-year-old went one better in the RMBL Investments Rising Stars BM58 Handicap (1200m).
Sent out a $1.90 public elect, the Wanted gelding defeated Pure Colour ($4.60) by a head with Georgia’s Hope ($9) a neck away third.
Jockey Mitch Aitken said the gelding was “a bit dour after his run last week but he ran really well”.
Smuggling, raced by the Brown family, has now won three races with four minor placings from his 19 starts.
The race was delayed for about 10 minutes due to 14 kangaroos grazing on the infield.
Quick work by a staff member on his quad bike chased the mob off the course.
The Kyneton & Hanging Rock club will host its next meeting at bet365 Kyneton Park on Saturday week, April 27.
The meeting is a members’ raceday, with all members going into the draw to have a race named in their honour.
Complimentary food and beverages will be available for members.
Seymour races again on Thursday May 9.