High Aims has resumed from a spell in fine fashion with a hard-fought win in Saturday's Tatura Cup.HANNAH DRISCOLL April 21, 2014 3:05am
Tatura Cup winner High Aims’ connections co-trainer David Feek, jockey Andrew Mallyon, sponsors Amelia and Alistair Ewart, and owners Kylie Cameron, Tony Pickles and Michael Tidecz.
A track upgrade did not stop proven wet tracker High Aims from taking out the $35
The first-up starter defeated the favourite Grand Sai Wan, trained by Benalla’s Peter Burgun, in the last few strides with Brian Cox’s Murdoch’s Joy coming third.
The Peter Maher-trained Minnesota Hussle raced to the front from the barriers while High Aims, ridden by Andrew Mallyon, settled in fourth one out from the barrier, but started to move up at the 600
She moved up three-wide into the straight to battle with Grand Sai Wan to the line, with Murdoch’s Joy coming home fast on the outside.
It was the second tilt at the Tatura Cup for some of the owners, including Tony Pickles and Kylie Cameron.
The Brideoake-trained stallion Cape D’Amore ran fifth in 2009, but five days later won the $128
Saturday was High Aims’ first start since August, but the four-year-old mare had six starts at Sandown, Moonee Valley, Caulfield and Mornington for three wins and a second last campaign.
Her form suggested she favoured a heavy track, with three wins and two seconds from five starts, but had never won on a track rated good.
Feek said High Aims was being prepared for this race in February and after the rain two weeks ago they decided to leave her in.
The track at Tatura was upgraded from Dead 4 to a Good 3 after race four and Feek said there was no reason she could not perform on a drier track.
‘‘With horses we tend to look at horses who have high actions or hit the ground hard that like wet tracks,’’ Feek said.
‘‘She’s not particularly like that, so there was no reason why she shouldn’t be able to compete on a sound surface.
‘‘I suppose 50
Feek said the mare would return to Melbourne or possibly even Adelaide in search of wet ground to race on that would come as winter approached.
He said if she improved from this run and could compete in mares’ grade in Melbourne at the level he believed she could she might head to Queensland for the racing carnival.
Brideoake, Feek and Mallyon also finished with a win in the final race with four-year-old Inthenameoflove, which now has two wins and a third from three starts.
A Goulburn Valley winery has tasted a trifecta of success after being inducted into the state’s tourism hall of fame.
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.
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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.
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