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 police pursued two youths on foot near Waters Rd this afternoon.
The Mulwala Lions took a huge step forward in the race for the Murray League title with a hard fought, low scoring, 15 point win, against the fancied Barooga outfit, in near perfect conditions at Lonsdale Reserve on Saturday.
Chelsea Campbell is excited with her new business venture, after purchasing Carol Taylor’s hairdressing salon in Hogan St.
THE Community Living & Respite Services Johnno’s Run team raised almost $21,000 on Sunday.
ROCHESTER’S Leo Club former president Monique Keech and president Tekyra Shead have presented the Rochester and Elmore District Health Service and Rochester Ambulance service with plush teddies as part of their operation teddy bear program.
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Avenel senior football coach made his feelings clear to players ahead of game against Violet Town.
Berrigan Shire Council have approved a development application for six more independent living units to add to Berrigan’s Amaroo Self Care Unit block.
HEATHCOTE Park Raceway was back in action on Sunday with a surprise for those expecting owner Russell Clarke to be enjoying his retirement.
Dozens of birds of all shapes and sizes flew the coop as Cobram hosted its inaugural poultry auction last Sunday.
Neil Buckley has been inducted as president of the Deniliquin Lions for the next 12 months.
A new research project conducted by CSIRO is seeking to better understand the health properties of pears to help improve and develop market and marketing opportunities.
The Benalla Giants came out winners in both the under-14s and under-16s against the Benalla Bulldogs on the weekend.
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