At the track: Mokgadi settles for second best

Photo by U. J. Alexander

A win continues to elude Echuca staying mare Mokgadi

The five year-old seemed set for victory at Bendigo on Sunday but was run down by War At Sea in the final 100m.

The Rhys Archard trained mare settled midfield in the Maiden Plate (2400m) before advancing to second on the home turn.

War At Sea ($4.60) defeated Mokgati ($4.80) by 1 1/4 lengths with four lengths to third placed Court Painter ($81).

Lewis German rode the winner for Wangaratta trainer Ben Brisbourne.

Mokgadi has finished top four at four of her last five starts and lost by a nose at Ararat.

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A colt carrying the name of Richmond coaching legend Tom Hafey impressed on debut at Bendigo.

Hafey ($1.75 fav) was too strong for his four rivals in the Maiden Plate (1100m) for two year-olds.

He came from last to beat Michelotti by 3 3/4 lengths.

Hafey, trained by Ciaron Maher and David Eustace, was ridden by Craig Williams.

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Sheezabidgeel’s consistency was rewarded when she won the Willaura Cup (2000m) at Ararat.

The Matt Cumani trained mare ridden by Linda Meech defeated Obedience by 4 3/4 lengths with Diamond Luke third.

The winner’s last four starts had yielded two seconds and two thirds.

Jarrod Fry took the riding honours winning on Sword of War, Chelsea Toff and Redjina.

Sword Of War had finished third at his only four previous starts.

The Redwood four year-old appreciated a step up from 1200m to 1600m and should have more wins in store.

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Follow - Converge: Eagle Farm Group 1 1600m winner in June and resumed with Randwick third over 1200m.

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Coming winners: Sejardan won both starts in spring and resturned with Randwick third.

Ranch Hand was just short of the topliners in the spring but Randwick second to Paulele was encouraging.

Pascero, two starts at Sandown in restricted grade for two wins and should measure up to a stronger class.