Kyneton trainer Tom Conlan pulled the right rein when he put blinkers on Galaxy Pirate at Werribee’s Spendthrift Australia Park last Thursday.
Sent out a $17 chance on the back of a 12.65-length ninth at Terang two weeks earlier, Galaxy Pirate came from the rear of the field to take out the Cor Cordis 4YO+ Maiden Plate (1400m) under Zac Spain.
The six-year-old led home a Central District trifecta, with the luckless Kilmore-trained Dalsupa ($4.20) run down in the shadows of the post for a second successive start and $1.75 favourite Ha She, from the Seymour stable of Barry Goodwin, third.
The margins were a short half-head and a head.
Bred and part-owned by Glen Eden Stud at Moranding, north of KIlmore, Galaxy Pirate is by Hard Spun from Way of Light mare Galaxy Light. Formerly trained by Greg Eurell, he is a younger full brother to the Grahame Begg-trained Galaxy Raider, who has his foot on the till after coming from last in Easter Saturday’s Elvis Thurgood Victoria Handicap, only to be beaten by a half-neck into third place behind Mr Quickie and Still a Star.
Galaxy Pirate was having his fourth start for Conlan and seventh overall.
Seymour trainer Ron Hockley enjoyed the float trip home with Lightning Rider after Kerang’s traditional Easter Saturday cup meeting.
Sent out a $2.90 favourite on the strength of a Berrigan win at his previous start, the eight-year-old Gonski gelding was a comfortable winner of the Peter Walsh Nationals BM52 Handicap (1100m).
Giving Dylan Dunn the first leg of a riding double, the gelding defeated the Charles Cassar-trained Autumn’s Best ($6.50) by 2½ lengths with Arctic Star ($4.60) a further 1¼ lengths away third.
Lightning Rider, part-owned by Hockley, has now won four races with six minor placings from his 41 starts.
Kilmore picnic apprentice Tyson Barton finished off his first season on the circuit with a win on the George Boucher-trained Rendezvous Creek ($7) at Swifts Creek last Sunday. A winner on Go Ferrando for Kilmore trainer Jody Thompson at Alexandra at his first race ride in late February, Barton has now won five races (including a double at Balnarring last Saturday) from only 13 rides.
This writer congratulates Tyson on a remarkable start to his riding career.
A modest lad, he is a credit to his parents, Kilmore couple Angie and Greg Barton.