Brighton Toff, a 50/1 outsider, came within a couple of centimetres of giving Tongala trainer and part-owner Alan Newton a Benalla win on Sunday.
The mare finished strongly but Richwaite Lady held on to get the photo-finish decision in the Benchmark 58 (1606m).
Alan Newton races Brighton Toff with S Newton and L and P Stears.
The four year-old finished sixth at Echuca and ninth at Kerang after her first win at Manangatang in October.
It was a day of close finishes with three of the six races decided by a nose.
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Echuca horses picked up three third placings at Benalla.
Son Of A Blonde should be an early winner for Micheal Newton after chasing home Bendigo Poet and Inside Edge in the Maiden (1206).
He failed by just under a length after twice changing course in the straight.
Blonde’s Day Out was third for Gwenda Johnstone in the Maiden (1406m) won by Echo Boomer trained by Patrick Payne.
Danish Gold Digger collected third prize for John Thomas in the Benchmark 58 (1406m) won by Broccolo trained by Belinda Dunn at Tatura.
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Georgia’s Host followed three minor placings with success at Werribee on Saturday.
The Echuca mare ridden by Jason Maskiell won the Benchmark 64 (1425m) by 1sfr1/2 lengths from Yatta Izu.
The five year-old was narrowly beaten at Echuca on December 31 after a wide run and before that was third at Echuca and second at Wodonga.
Michael Cornish and Donna Gaskin train Georgia’s Host for N Gaskin, R Bird, Miss K Stanway, C Bocquet, P Davidson, M Davis, N and G Pearson.
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Last start Echuca winners were in the money at Flemington on Saturday.
The Patrick Payne trained Modear ridden by Nathan Punch won the three year-old fillies’ races and Llessur was third.
Llessur (Russell spelt backwards) was bred by Russell Cameron who died last year after a successful training career.
His son Scott trains the filly and is a part-owner with family members.
Rubisaki, a Follow selection, was the day’s most impressive winner and will advance to the $1 million Inglis Sprint in Sydney next month.
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Follow - Funstar: Stamped herself as Sydney’s best three year-old filly in the spring winning Group 1 Flight Stakes.
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Coming winners: Antagoniser was second to Rubisaki at his second start since August.
Feelings was dominant in Cranbourne Maiden.
Lashes was impressive when resuming at Randwick.