Echuca Racing Club a happy hunting ground for district owners Simon Maddox, Rhys Archard and Craig Sutton.LUKE MCMANUS July 9, 2014 3:36am
Emphatic cheers echoed around the Echuca Racing Club’s betting ring following Count Encosta’s impressive return to the track on Monday.
District owners Simon Maddox, Rhys Archard and Craig Sutton willed the seven-year-old around the heavy eight track during the $15,000 race six handicap, with the gelding exceeding all expectations to trump Kinselmac Manner and Steely Gray by half a length.
Jockey Brad Rawiller timed the run beautifully, emerging from the pack with 200m to go before storming home in the horse’s first race back from a four-month spell.
Count Encosta’s win, the horses’ fourth from 56 starts, handed trainer Darren Weir a 232nd triumph for the 2013-14 season.
‘‘It was surprising, we didn’t know how we would go,’’ Archard said.
‘‘Even Darren (Weir) didn’t know what to expect.
‘‘We (Rhys and father trainer Daryl) had Leveraction (fifth) running in the same race and when he struggled, I started cheering Count Encosta home when it came through the middle.’’
For the local owners, it was a significant victory given Count Encosta’s long road to Echuca racecourse on Monday.
A former resident at the Archards’ Echuca stable, Count Encosta was shipped off to Weir less than a month ago, the horse’s fifth trainer since 2009.
The Archards took on Count Encosta during last year’s spring but Rhys remained a stakeholder when the gelding was moved to Weir’s beach-side stable in Warnambool.
‘‘It was doing nothing up here so we thought we’d send him down to Warnambool near the beach and sand dunes .
The performance marked Count Encosta’s first win since 2010 when, trained by Randwick’s John Thompson for the once powerful Patinack Farm Stables, the then three-year-old enjoyed a run of three consecutive wins, among them featuring the $175,000 group two Tulloch Stakes.
The horse was Archard’s star performer on the day, with promising but unlucky displays coming from Blue Jangles (fourth in race two) and Vivacious Miss (fifth in race seven).
Other district trainers, including Gwenda Johnston and Michael Cornish and Donna Gaskin unable to feature among the placings.
The sky is the limit for Wanganui Year 12 VCAL student Leigh Polan, 18, who decided to create two posters examining birdlife around the school.
The under 16 Pigeons kick started the YFNC's finals campaign with a resounding victory over the Paul Spargo led Scots College in the Grand Final of the AWJFL Elwyn Langford Shield at the Albury Sports Ground on Sunday.
Greater Shepparton City Council was successful in securing the National Cutting Horse Association Victorian Futurity Cutting Horse Championships for 2014 and 2015, with this year’s event scheduled from September 10-14 at Tatura Park.
An ad for the Healthy Ageing Project will be filmed in Echuca, Rushworth and Rochester today.
More than $15,000 was raised at a family day on Sunday. The event was to raise money for the families of Barry Purtell and Dave Lobb.
Book Week gets colourful turnout.
Deaprtment of Environment and Primary Industries unhappy about Mt Disappointment vandals.
Jerilderie Shire deputy mayor Ruth McRae handed the key over for the new Rural Fire Service station last Friday.
Farmers have a new weapon in the fight against mice.
Cobram kids learn about health with hospital as state-wide obesity campaign is launched.
Murray Irrigation to search for new boss after Anthony Couroupis finishes with the company.
A few anxious customers were outside the closed gates of the failed Bee-Jay Machinery business on Goulburn Valley Hwy in Shepparton on Tuesday morning, wondering what would become of deposits they had paid for tractors and other machinery.
The Benalla Indian Myna Action Group will pay a $1 per bird bounty on live birds delivered to CAL farm. National Party MP Bill Sykes donated $100 to fund the bounty.
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