Finley Cup meet postponed

Photo by U. J. Alexander

Morning rain forced the cancellation of Berrigan’s race meeting on Saturday.

The committee will meet to consider whether to seek another date for the popular fixture featuring the Finley Cup.

Stewards walked the track after more than 24 millilitres of rain hit the course and deemed conditions unsuitable for racing.

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Echuca trainers Michael Cornish and Donna Gaskin were in the limelight with long priced winners at Kyneton and Ararat.

Seven’o’Kevin, a three year-old having his second start, was a $61 chance when successful at Kyneton.

The gelding ridden by Neil Farley won the Maiden Plate (1200m) by a length from another Echuca horse Speedy Akeedy.

Seven’o’Kevin was last in a field of 10 at Yarra Glen on January 16 at his only previous start.

Gwenda Johnstone trains the five year-old Speedy Akeedy.

Cornish and Gaskin were in the winners’ circle 24 hours later at Ararat when Outlaw Ned ridden by Neil Farley was successful.

Outlaw Ned ($11) scored by two lengths from Master Of Coin in the Maiden Plate (1600m).

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Zaaki remains the horse to beat in the $5 million All Star Mile despite his defeat at Flemington on Saturday.

Former Perth mare Inspirational Girl defeated Zaaki by a short neck in the Blamey Stakes (1600m), a set weights and penalities race.

Zaaki will meet the mare on better terms in the weight for age All Star Mile.

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The Newmarket Handicap and Australian Cup, two races steeped in history, top the Flemington program tomorrow.

Main interest surrounds the Newmarket and three year-old favourite Home Affairs.

He carries 55.5kg and needs to match the deeds of Schillaci and Weekend Hustler.

Schillaci won the 1992 Newmarket with 55.5 while Weekend Hustler carried 56 in 2008.

Selections: Home Affairs, Lost and Runing, Masked Crusader.

Australian Cup: Callsign Mav.

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Follow - Zaaki: Won six of the past eight starts; second at Flemington at first run since November.

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Coming winners: Annavisto was dominant at Flemington when resuming.

Crystal Pegasus is another winer capable of repeat performance.

Castlereagh Kid, strong front-running staying prospect impressed at Caulfield.