Sal earns Carnival start
By Geoff Heath
PORT Macquarie's favourite 'lady' of the turf Our Gal Sal earned a start in one of the feature races over the July carnival with a devastating win in the 1500m Tradelink Orara Cup on Saturday.
Racing midfield until the 1000m mark Our Gal Sal was set alight by jockey Marlon Dolendo and raced around the field to burst clear in the straight and win running away by five lengths from Pay Day Lass and Concitare.
Part Owner Dave Harris who is one of a group of nine owners said that Sal was troubled by leg problems early in her career but he felt that she had overcome her troubles and was blooming under the care of trainer John Sprague.
The syndicate has just purchased an unraced half-sister to Our Gal Sal and she also will be trained by Sprague at Port Macquarie.
Jockey Marlon Dolendo, who was offered the ride aboard Mac's Tune in the abandoned Gosford Pacesetter Stakes, which was transferred to Sydney on Saturday, opted to ride Our Gal Sal at Grafton.
It is now history how Mac's Tune was the 30/1 winner of the race.
Needless to say he still got a kick out of Sal's Orara Cup win.
Meanwhile in Brisbane the clash between local idol Starlactic and boom Coffs Harbour galloper Natural Destiny in the $175,000 Group 3 WJ Healy Stakes lived up to expectations.
Natural Destiny lowered Starlactic's colours, racing away for a very good win.
Proving too powerful for Starlactic over the concluding stages the Gordon Yorke-trained galloper seems destined for bigger and better things taking his tally now to seven wins and a second from nine starts.
Starlactic was shooting for his fourth straight win since resuming from a spell and his gallant second still looks to have him on track for this years Ramornie Handicap during the July Carnival.