Benalla trainer Peter Smith will set the bar higher in the future with his talented galloper Play Master after he won his seventh race at Flemington on Saturday.GREGOR MACTAGGART August 11, 2014 3:05am
Better things are in store for talented Benalla galloper Play Master following his impressive win at Flemington on Saturday.
The six-year-old relished the straight six to take his career record to seven wins from 15 starts in the $40
Rated to perfection by emerging apprentice hoop Jye McNeil, Play Master ($10 into $9) defeated Marwood by three-quarters of a length, with Taddei Tondo a further half-length away in third.
Trainer Peter Smith was always confident his charge would measure up with his second run in the space of a week following an encouraging third at Moonee Valley just seven days prior.
‘‘He was his own worst enemy last week, he was on the wrong leg the whole way around the Valley,’’ Smith said.
‘‘Without a doubt if he raced tractably, he would have won the race. I couldn’t believe he was 10-1 today. We had a good piece of it.’’
Noted Victorian form analyst Deane Lester suggested Play Master could be a player in a race such as the Group Three Standish Handicap, usually run on New Year’s Day.
Smith is certainly eyeing that level of race with his charge, who has now banked $116
‘‘He’s a stakes class horse,’’ he said.
‘‘He’s a very, very tough horse.
‘‘He’ll have a break now and we’re not going to go with big plans because he still has a lot to learn, but he can run.’’
Making Saturday’s success even sweeter for Smith is the fact he stands Masterprint, the sire of Play Master, at his home property.
The deeds of his progeny has seen the unraced stallion attract some commercial attention for the coming season, much to Smith’s delight.
“We’re over 60 confirmed bookings (for the season), that’s nearly his limit,” he said.
“I’ve got 25 mares that have gone to him, he’s (Masterprint) like my superannuation fund.”
Shepparton’s Declo Bisimwa firmly believes education is the key to a better life.
Beautiful weather greeted Tungamah residents for the 18th running of the Tungamah Lions Ten Thousand on Sunday.
When Keith and Marion Grumley and their growing family moved to Tatura on January 18, 1968, little did they know that it would be the start of a long and lasting connection to the town.
Garners Boxing Gym in Echuca is encouraging young people to get active with weekly boxing/cardio classes.
Rochester Rotary Club has celebrated its 50th birthday in style.
Sorting future of Campaspe pools
A theatre production with a difference is coming to Seymour.
Local athletes will go head-to-head with some of the best competitors from around the world in swimming and athletics in December.
District residents and visitors will be able to enjoy some of the region’s most beautiful private gardens on Sunday.
The 116th annual Cobram Show went off with a bang at the weekend, drawing in crowds from far and wide for two days of fun.
Tomorrow is a Total Fire Ban day in Deniliquin, meaning no fires can be lit in the open and all fire permits are suspended.
Fifty new full-time jobs will be created at Tatura with a multimillion-dollar expansion of the abattoirs expected to be announced today.
Remembering Australian political giant Gough Whitlam who once called on Benalla police to stop then Treasurer Frank Crean on his journey up the Hume to phone the PM.
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