Sport

Blonde’s winning day

By Deniliquin Pastoral Times

It was a winning day for Blonde’s Day Out at Wangaratta on Monday.

The Echuca mare settled last in the Maiden Plate (1400m) before powering home to claim her first victory. Blonde’s Day Out ($3.70) defeated Miss Meilland by a half length with a nose to third placed Chrysla. 

The mare was a last start third at Donald and her record now stands at eight starts for one win, one second and four thirds. Gwenda Johnstone trains the four year-old which was ridden by Daniel Moor.

The $2.30 favourite Yulong Song finished fifth and will derive benefit from the run. He has had only three starts and had not raced since October. A win, possibly over 1600m, can be expected soon.

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More wins are in store for Reptilian Rider after dominating the closing stages of the Maiden Plate (1170m). Reptilian Rider came from midfield entering the straight to defeat the favourite Aristo Missile by 3 1/2 lengths. He is trained by Adrian Corboy at Wangaratta and has had only four starts. 

Magazine earned a start in Melbourne with a strong staying performance in the Benchmark 58 (2000m), defeating the Tayne Davies trained She Won’t Leave by 2 3/4 lengths.

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Jerilderie four year-old Tough Decision was too good for more fancied rivals in the Maiden Handicap (1600m) at Albury on Monday. Tough Decision ($15) defeated Diamond Affair by 2 1/2 lengths with Jimmy Girl third. Henri Ede rode the winner for Phil Sweeney.

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Ambitious plans for Harbour Views were dealt a blow when the five year-old was unplaced at Caulfield. Stewards found the gelding to be lame in his near foreleg after weakening to finish fourth. He had been touted as a Cox Plate prospect but obviously needs to aim at a lower level after a spell.

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Follow - Kordia: Returned from a 12-month break to win Rosehill Benchmark 78 at his fourth start; has ability to win in stronger grade.

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Coming winners: Proper Rogue won both starts last preparation and resumed with second at Caulfield. My Swashbuckler, an imported five year-old, was having his second start in 13 months when third at Randwick. Rich Charm was ninth at Flemington but capable of improving over preferred distance of 1200m.