Echuca Racing Club's Monday meet continued despite the region being hit by cold weather and sporadic rain.LUKE MCMANUS June 25, 2014 3:01am
District horse Offshore Echo romped home to claim an impressive win during the final race at Echuca Racing Club on Monday.
On a heavy track, the John Thomas-trained gelding sat sixth for most of the 1300m race before jockey Jessica Payne split the pack at the final turn.
The seven-year-old then stormed away at the 200m, winning by more than eight lengths to Coupe Express and Royal Mephisto.
After an unlucky, but promising run at Swan Hill earlier this month, Thomas said the horse impressed and took advantage of some valuable momentum just before the straight.
‘‘It was a really great run,’’ he said.
‘‘He hasn’t been on a heavy track since his maiden race a couple of years ago, I thought he might not have handled it as well as he used to.
‘‘I thought he was a dead-set chance — he’s an honest horse, always thereabouts.
‘‘At his last start in Swan Hill, everytime he got a run it was blocked off and his momentum was taken away.
‘‘This time, just before the turn and just before that split, I thought he’s going to run away with this.’’
Thomas’ win capped off a good day for district trainers after Daryl Archard and connections claimed race three with Chicago Chik.
Following a slow start out of the gates, jockey Dale Smith moved to the fence and enjoyed a relatively smooth ride on the inside to challenge Corinthian for the lead at the 100m.
The four-year-old mare finished a length and a half from Corinthian and a fast finishing Max Master.
ERC chief executive Alex Doble said the track held up well despite the heavy conditions and was pleased with the turn out from owners.
Also taking in the atmosphere were some special guests from Murray Human Services.
A group of about 50 smartly-dressed racegoers attended the specially organised social inclusion day, with most taking full advantage of the open spaces of the racing club.
A few lucky racegoers even took the opportunity to pat some of the horses while some soaked in what was their first ever race meeting.
1-1PRINT.COM.AU MDN PLATE 1200m: 21.00 FUND TRADER (b c 2y New Approach (IRE) - Society Barber. Trainer: B F Cavanough) 58 (D W Stackhouse) 1, 3.10 fav CLUB STAR 58 (Ms L J Meech) 2, 6.00 REAL DESIRE 56 (D Moor) 3. Then followed: 5.50 Tralee Chorus 26.00 Dandy Gent 14.00 Chief Sitting Bull 41.00 Blue Jangles 14.00 Chamois Princess 18.00 Efron 3.60 It’swhoyouare last. Scr: Almancil, Burn Your Name, High Opinion, Sydney Harbour, Decantrum, Rosslago, Smart Bomb, Total Control. 3/4 len, 2 len. Time: 1:17.97. (No sect time).
2-BORDER INN HOTEL MDN PLATE 1200m: 3.20 fav BLACK ZERO (br/bl m 4y Danzero - Con’s Amy. Trainer: Shea Eden) 56.5 (D W Stackhouse) 1, 9.50 RAKADAN 58.5 (R Wheeler) 2, 8.00 I’M RURRBELLIOUS 58.5 (H Coffey) 3. Then followed: 4.40 Run Ricky Run 12.00 Hi Lady Ho 21.00 Salutary 41.00 Sonic Shadow 3.50 Orange Caviar last. Scr: Any Glory, Big Syd, Faith And Fury, The Drama King, Zadon, Menarka, Dad’s Irish, Aria Storm, Sister Act Too, Ready Again. 1/2 len, nk. Time: 1:19.02. (No sect time).
3-MOAMA BOWLING CLUB MDN PLATE 1200m: 17.00 CHICAGO CHICK (b m 4y God’s Own - Illinois Girl (NZ). Trainer: D S Archard) 56.5 (Dale Smith) 1, 3.00 CORINTHIAN 58.5 (I Gundogdu) 2, 17.00 MAX MASTER 58.5 (D W Stackhouse) 3. Then followed: 21.00 Cotton Delight 2.80 fav Olga’s Gallery 6.50 Johnny Guitar 14.00 The Last Laugh 12.00 Lardie Lass 51.00 Del Sienna 26.00 Nishani Miss last. Scr: Between The Lines, Feel The Fame, Sterno, Allelu, Secret Enchantress, Wild Angel, Magic Decision, Temple Tilt. 1-1/4 len, lg nk. Time: 1:19.54. (No sect time).
Track changed to heavy(10)
4-MOAMA RSL MDN PLATE 1600m: 2.80 fav CAPTAIN ANGRY (b g 4y Danzero - Star Of Venus. Trainer: D K Weir) 58.5 (B Rawiller) 1, 4.80 ANKOLE 56.5 (Jack Hill) 2, 11.00 JUDGE JEUNY 58.5 (Ms C Bruce) 3. Then followed: 31.00 Waitaki 12.00 Astrobiscuit 20.00 Beats Workin’ 3.80 Talbina 18.00 Final Judgement 10.00 Arapaho Big Bro last. Scr: Hillman’s Jet, Kreuzberg, Layla’s World, Flash Of Glory, My Mum Ines. 3/4 len, 6 len. Time: 1:46.14. (No sect time).
5-SPORTSBET.COM.AU MDN PLATE 2100m: 4.60 OUR REDEEMER (b c 3y God’s Own - Golden Zen. Trainer: G R Hicks) 58.5 (Jacob Rule) 1, 14.00 TORCAN 58.5 (F Alesci) 2, 2.60 fav IRUN 56.5 (D Yendall) 3. Then followed: 7.00 It Could Be You 51.00 House Deposit 3.50 Benet 41.00 Swney’s Banjo 26.00 Fish Fingers 21.00 Dilkara last. Scr: Call Me Neil, Urulu. 1/2 len, 1-3/4 len. Time: 2:27.61. (No sect time).
6-BETFAIR MURRAY MALLEE (BM64) 2100m: 11.00 RUBY DIAMONDS (b m 7y Street Cry (IRE) - Reigning Jewels. Trainer: P A Sweeney) 59 carr 56 (Brooke Sweeney) 1, 7.00 DEVOUT DIAMOND 58.5 (Jarrod Fry) 2, 14.00 ARCHIBAR 54 (D Yendall) 3. Then followed: 3.70 fav Bianco Cruise 7.00 Must You Go 14.00 Fantastic Porscha 17.00 Frogsplash 10.00 Goanna Ga Ga 7.50 Prakticality 17.00 Step Dance 26.00 Lonhreign 61.00 Budget Blowout 17.00 Masked Invader last. Scr: Compelled, Aston Martin, La Pepper, Mutajara. Nk, sht nk. Time: 2:26.54. (No sect time).
7-NATIONAL PATIENT TRANSPORT-58 1400m: 31.00 TYIRA ACE (gr g 7y Tuscanos - Luvinming. Trainer: G C Strang) 54 carr 52 (Ms B Carlile) 1, 8.00 PRINCE MALACHITE 60 carr 57 (Chris Caserta) 2, 6.00 eq fav SILVERSTONE 55 (Ms J Beriman) 3. Then followed: 41.00 Wayward Son 8.50 Royal Dolphin 7.00 Smooth Moving Mama 10.00 Amazonia 8.00 Darkwater Jewels 9.00 Up And Downs 8.00 Lorrie’s Gift 6.00 eq fav Kavieng last. Scr: De Pony, Grandmaster Dash, Idol Factor, Paleface Ready. 1-1/2 len, nse. Time: 1:34.11. (No sect time).
8-NATIONAL PATIENT TRANSPORT-58 1400m: 6.00 ARTIE EDNA (b m 4y Artie Schiller (USA) - Natural Lil. Trainer: A Carter-Smith) 58 carr 55 (Anthony Boyd) 1, 13.00 FILL THE FRIDGE 56.5 carr 54.5 (Luke Londregan) 2, 4.60 fav AURAMOUR 60 (H Coffey) 3. Then followed: 6.50 Texas Ranger 14.00 Special Quality 11.00 Evasive Action 41.00 Pegembak 5.00 Rein In The Tiger 13.00 Mon Coeur 5.50 San Sabarto 26.00 Different Drummer 8.50 Scottish Arms last. Scr: Kerr, Persian Gambler, Zemoment, Kosmos Tercedes. 1-1/4 len, sht nk. Time: 1:34.48. (No sect time).
9-2014 SLICKPIX (BM64) 1400m: 6.00 ARTIE MORTIE (b c 3y Artie Schiller (USA) - Eredita. Trainer: M G Price) 59 (I Gundogdu) and 4.00 fav DON REGGIO (b g 3y Danbird - Aamazin’s Grace. Trainer: C F Hyland) 59 (B Rawiller) dh 1, 7.50 THE TERRICKS 59 (A Mallyon) 3. Then followed: 4.20 Issawi 8.50 Bitter Dan 15.00 Hard As Nails 15.00 Assertive Union 9.00 Sea Ghost 10.00 Bella Latte 13.00 Testa My Polish last.
Scr: My Angus, Zebrinz, Classy Al, Deny Allcharges, Henning, Kareeming, Moonlight Magic, Cottonwood Grove. Dh, 1-1/4 len. Time: 1:35.18. (No sect time).
10-BETFAIR MURRAY MALLEE (BM70) 1300m: 4.60 OFFSHORE ECHO (ch g 7y Legion - Three Mates. Trainer: John Thomas) 59 carr 56 (Ms J Payne) 1, 2.90 fav COUPE EXPRESS 56 (Dean Holland) 2, 5.00 ROYAL MEPHISTO 59.5 (Ms C Bruce) 3.
Then followed: 12.00 Seven Cities 8.00 To Be Honest 5.50 Ortayga 17.00 Rosewall 9.00 Bellissimo last. Scr: Belesron, Samer Drive, Arturo, Little Bubulu, Wilscot, Takeover. 8 len, 2-3/4 len. Time: 1:26.07. (No sect time).
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