Kyneton trainer Jarrod Robinson produced Reard ($9) for a nice all-the-way win at Sportsbet-Ballarat Synthetic last Friday.
After a midfield debut run at Mornington last month, the three-year-old son of Reward for Effort and Bikini Dancer was beautifully rated by district hoop Jason Baldock in taking out the $35,000 Polytrack Maiden Plate (1000m).
The colt defeated Sodalicious ($11) by 5½ lengths.
“We were pretty confident as he trialled up pretty well and probably just didn’t like the wet track last start. Plus with the wide barrier he had to do a bit too much work early,” Robinson said.
“He’s just a real gem of a horse, he does everything right. He’s got a great personality and he really wants to be a racehorse.”
Robinson says the colt is still immature and will be a better horse in the autumn.
Baldock, who is not afraid to travel in search of a winner, was back in the winner’s stall at Casterton in the state’s south west on Sunday. He won on the Peter Hardacre-trained Burham ($13).
On Monday, Baldock travelled north east to Wodonga and came home with another winner — the Daryn Drust-trained Cooter Cha Cha ($8.50) in the Fashionable Shade Sails BM58 Handicap (2050m).
Divas on song
Later on Friday’s Sportsbet-Ballarat program, another Kyneton trainer in George Osborne saddled up My Divas ($6.50) for a comfortable win.
The five-year-old daughter of Helmet and Miss Charmagne won the $35,000 Sportsbet/Foolproof BM70 Handicap (1200m).
The mare, ridden by John Allen, defeated Dutchesse Moshe ($11) by three-quarters of a length with $3.50 favourite Ian a half-head away third.
Osborne says My Divas has come back in good order.
“We’ve been happy with her since the prep started. She’s done nothing wrong and the first-up run was terrific.
“She’s been here (on the Ballarat synthetic track) for jumpouts numerous times. She handles it and we knew that, so there was no reason not to turn up.”
My Divas has now won five races with four minor placings from 19 starts.
Seymour Racing Club hosted a mammoth 10-race card last Thursday with a bigger than normal crowd in attendance due to the quality of thoroughbeds racing.
In-form jockey Ben Melham came away with a winning double.
Horses to follow are Modulo, Playoffs, Kobe Princess and Queen Guinevere.
The bet365 Seymour Cup is fast approaching. The $150,000 cup, to be run on Sunday, October 20, always attracts Victoria’s leading trainers and jockeys
Dining, marquee and umbrella packages are selling fast. For bookings, or for further enquiries, ring SRC on (03) 5799 1681.
Prior to cup day, Seymour races on Thursday October 3.
Kyneton & Hanging Rock Racing Club will host its first meeting since a winter break at bet365 Park Kyneton next Friday (September 20).
Kilmore Racing Club has confirmed that the listed bet365 Kilmore Cup will be run this year at Seymour on Sunday November 24.
Track works have progressed satisfactorily and the KRC anticipates that racing will resume at Kilmore in January.