Sweeney through to champion race

March 10, 2018

Brooke Sweeney onboard Echuca galloper Leveraction in 2016.

Brooke Sweeney and the mare O’ So Hazy are Randwick-bound for The Championships after winning at Wagga on Sunday.

They triumphed in the Southern District Association $150,000 Country Qualifier (1400m).

A length separated the first 10 across the line with O’ So Hazy holding on to defeat Bennelong Dancer and Class Clown.

O’ So Hazy, trained by Scott Spackman at Wagga, settled second before reaching the lead in the straight.

Albury mare Bennelong Dancer, prepared by Graham Hulm, also qualified for the final on April 7.

Brooke Sweeney was full of praise for the winner and is looking forward to the Randwick meeting which also features the Doncaster Mile, Australian Derby and T J Smith Stakes.

O’ So Hazy has won five from 10 starts but is considered suspect beyond 1400m and consequently is rated a $26 chance in the final.

Kopi Luwak, a Coming Winner selection when he won the Goulburn Qualifier paying $6.50, heads the market from Suncraze and Victorem.


Sei Stella and Nothin’ Like Harry, both three year-olds, stood out as horses to follow from the Wagga meeting.

The Matthew Dale trained first starter Sei Stella (Not a Single Doubt-Furlo) was not extended in leading from start to finish in the Maiden Three Year-Old (1000m).

Nothin’ Like Harry towered over his rivals before breaking away for a four-length win in the Class 1 Plate (1600m) at his second start.

He is 17.3 hands and bred to stay by Nothin’ Leica Dane from Blameless, a New Zealand stayer.

Gary Worsnop trains Nothin’ Like Harry at Albury.


Another staying prospect Johnny Vinko was an interesting runner at Wangaratta on Sunday.

Starting $1.65 favourite he won the Maiden Plate (1400m) by a half neck at his first start since finishing last in the Victoria Derby.

He was third to Main Stage and Cliff’s Edge at set weights over 1800m at Flemington in October and only has to recapture that form to be a Melbourne winner.


Damien Oliver’s winning ride on Grunt in the Australian Guineas at Flemington was a reminder of his great talent.

Grunt dug deep to hold off another Follow horse Peaceful State.

Grunt has won three straight since winning a Werribee Maiden in December by four lengths.

Cliff’s Edge led from a wide barrier but the effort told and he was a spent force halfway along the straight.


Follow - Bring Me Roses: VRC Oaks runner-up was third in Australian Guineas.


Coming winners: Spin was strong finishing second to Santos at Randwick at his third start.

Osborn Bulls impressed when resuming at Randwick and should build on record of five wins from six starts.

Bons Away returned with fifth in Oakleigh Plate.


They race at Echuca on Sunday.

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