El Rada eyes metro win

February 24, 2018

El Rada will seek a Melbourne win after winning at Ballarat on Sunday.

The Deniliquin mare ($2.05 fav) won the Benchmark 70 Handicap (1100m) by three quarters of a length from Bob Of The Head with He’s The Sheriff third.

Jordan Childs positioned El Rada third on the rail before cruising to the front entering the straight.

Trainer Archie Alexander said the mare had been placed in Melbourne and hoped she could win a city race.

El Rada had not started since a third at Caulfield on December 16.

She has had 14 starts for three wins, four seconds and three thirds for $90,000 in prizemoney.


Blue Jangles with the aid of a light weight won the Marong Cup (2200m) at Bendigo on Saturday.

The Echuca stayer has lumped big weights when unplaced in recent runs.

He carried 1kg below the 54kg minimum on Saturday after Lachlan King’s apprentice allowance.

Blue Jangles ($6) won the Benchmark 78 race by three quarters of a length from Rubme with 2 lengths to third placed Grassini.

The Darryl Archard trained six year-old has won six from 34 starts.

Rhys Archard picked up a third placing with Hussed ($9) in the Rating 58 Handicap (1100m).

Asha defeated Mr Cooley by a half head with three quarters of a length to Hussed.


The $1.5 million Blue Diamond Stakes (1200m) at Caulfield tomorrow is wide open with five vying for favouritism.

Oohood has yet to win but her habit of beginning slowly has been costly.

She produced a fast final 200m when second in the Prelude (1100m) but cannot afford another slow start.

Kinky Boom is an interesting runner having had only one start for an impressive win in weaker class.

Could be above average so must be included among the top chances.

Long Leaf has won three from three starts and can be expected to be in the finish.

Others with winning claims included Plaque Stone and Written By.

Selections: Oohood, Long Leaf, Kinky Boom.


Follow - Santos: Came into Golden Slipper reckoning with Randwick win, his first start since October.


Coming winners: Salsamor, placed twice in spring Group races, resumed with second at Sandown.

Mr Sneaky was only a length from winner Hartnell when eighth in Orr Stakes.

Hapuka won Pakenham Maiden at first start since September and can measure up to stronger grade.

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