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.
Organisers of the Challenge Shepparton triathlon will donate half the entry fees from entrants in the ‘community team challenge’ to the Community Fund Goulburn Valley.
Jake Thompson has an eagle eye and a steady hand and he put both to good use recently when he won the U15 Australian Snooker Championships, held in Adelaide.
The Aboriginal and wider community is mourning the death of revered Bangerang Aboriginal elder, Uncle John ‘‘Sandy’’ Atkinson.
Echuca tennis player Isabella Crossman will team up with three Bendigo juniors this weekend to compete against the best players in Victoria aged 11 and under.
PLANS are in full swing for the 18th annual Farm and Road Safety Expo in Rochester.
Merrigum’s rise to prominence in the Kyabram District League premiership battle reached new heights in Saturday’s 16th round when it became the first side to lower Avenel’s colours this season.
Local export Willie Wheeler dominating at VFL level
Berrigan Shire councillor Daryll Morris says he has been sickened by some of the vitriol and personal attacks to surface since the council’s proposal to redevelop Finley’s Memorial Hall and School of Arts site was revealed in October last year.
HEATHCOTE is being swamped by Pokémon and wannabe trainers, armed with smart phones and iPads, who are trying to catch ‘em all.
Moira Shire welcomed 25 new citizens on Thursday as people from across the world chose to make Australia their home.
Sixteen local students competed at the NSW PSSA and CHS State Cross Country Championships in Sydney.
SPC will abolish its internal sales team and reduce executive numbers in the latest chapter of the company’s ongoing restructuring.
The News magazines are online - read high quality magazines in your time. Check in regularly for the latest editions.
Riverine Herald's well regarded locally produced magazines. They're now online, so you can read them whenever and wherever you like.
Search for published and unpublished photos from McPherson Media Group newspapers and magazines. All our photos are available to purchase.
Place an advertisement in any one of McPherson Media Group's local newspapers.