The field hurtles around the turn in race four at Grafton on Saturday.
The field hurtles around the turn in race four at Grafton on Saturday.

Winner escapes a whipping

By GEOFF HEATH Racing writer

LOSING the whip in the straight may have been an advantage according to trainer Andrew Pilling after his seven-year-old gelding Trendy Time won the BCU Iluka Cup on Saturday.

"The old bloke doesn't like to be hit," Pilling said

"And losing the whip probably made the difference between winning and losing.

"Trendy Time is due to be sold on either Monday or Tuesday and he has been a handy old horse."

Trendy Time came with a well-timed run to overhaul St Chandon and Will Strike with Sensache running home well from last on the turn.

The win of Dan's Gold was compared to the front-running displays by champion galloper Vo Rogue when Dan's Gold raced away with the 1750m Maiden Hcp.

Bounced straight to the lead by apprentice jockey Leanne Frankland, Dan's Gold was easily 200m in front of the field at some stages of the race.

Straightening with an enormous break, Dan's Gold went on to defeat Jolt by four and three quarter lengths with Willfire a further length away third.

Readers of The Daily Examiner racing extra story at the weekend would have been happy when the featured galloper Halt came with a mighty burst to grab leader Moccabraun in the shadows of the post to win by a half neck.

Trainer Sucha Singh said in the story that Halt had to be saved for one short sprint and this was exactly what jockey Adrian Robinson did.

Although it looked he had made his run too late, Halt quickly overhauled the tiring Moccabraun on the line.

Doubles were the order of the day with Adrian Robinson riding a double aboard Halt and Morcom House for Brett Dodson also running second on Jolt and Sensache and third on Bombay Duck.

Ken Lantry trained a winning double with Strategic Star who defeated hot pot Private Santiago by a head and Max on Top who accounted for the unlucky Heroic Victory with Bombay Duck third.



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