Benalla win for Laughing Heir

September 08, 2017

Former Tasmanian Laughing Heir signalled more success in Victoria with a win at Benalla on Monday.

The four year-old now trained by Paul Maher at Wodonga has had only three starts for two wins.

He won a Launceston Maiden in May and resumed at Sandown last month, finishing sixth behind Eurack.

Laughing Heir ($3.90) ridden by Sigrid Carr won Monday’s Benchmark 58 (1106m) by a half length from Call Me Betty ($51) with Foxling ($2.80 fav) third.

‘‘He missed the start and has a good future,’’ Paul Maher commented.

The trainer praised Sigrid Carr, saying she had done a lot of work with the horse.

Amendment is another Benalla winner capable of more success.

The Mark Kavanagh trained four year-old at his fourth start won the Maiden Plate (1606m) by nearly four lengths.


Local interest at Geelong on Sunday centred on Marchello in the Benchmark 78 Handicap, a $50,000 race over 1726m.

Marchello ($13) ridden by Luke Nolan set the pace and did not surrender the lead until the final 100m.

He held on to finish third behind Thunder Teddington and Four By Four.

The winner Thunder Teddington, an imported stayer trained by Jason Warren, had not raced since an unplaced run at Hobart in January.

He finished third in the Bagot Handicap at Flemington at his previous start.


There should be some repeat winners from a strong Sandown midweek meeting last week.

They include Lina’s Hero, Speedeor, Blondie, Night’s Watch and Ubin Thunderstruck.

Ubin Thunderstruck ($6.50), a Follow selection, underlined his staying potential in defeating Crocodile Rock in the Benchmark 78 (2400m).

The Darren Weir trained five year-old had conceded big starts when fourth at both outings since an eight length win at Swan Hill.


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Coming winners: Lina’s Hero was dominant in Sandown Benchmark 64 at his second start.

Night’s Watch, a former New Zealander, has impressed with Bendigo and Sandown wins for Darren Weir.

Assimilate hit the line strongly for Rosehill second at his third start.

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