Allegro Charm races past Pink Character to take out the feature final at Grafton on Saturday.
Allegro Charm races past Pink Character to take out the feature final at Grafton on Saturday. Lynne Mowbray

Fast-finishing Allegro wins final

SATURDAY’S Life Members Country Challenge final was won in strong fashion by Allegro Charm.

Trained at Alstonville by husband and wife team Pauline and Neville Robson, Allegro Charm began well from box one but was pressured for the lead to the first turn by veteran performer Pink Character, trained by Jim Gallaway.

Pink Character raced clear on the circle but once she balanced up in the straight, Allegro Charm finished too well for Pink Character to beat him by a length in 23.22.

Allegro Charm has been in rare form of late, with four wins and two seconds from her past six starts. Her overall record is just as good, with 13 wins and 14 minor placings from 37 starts.

This was the first leg of a winning double for the Robsons, with Supreme Allegro, a litter sister to Allegro Charm, leading most of the way to win the Barry Walters top grade by a length and a half in 27.48, the best time of the day.

Not to out done by the Robsons, current Beaurepaires trainers premiership leader Gary Smith also landed a winning double.

Gary quinellaed the Jacky Mills fourth and fifth grade over 480 metres when Orara Magic ran down her kennel mate Orara Lea to beat her by a length and three quarters in 27.58. The run of Orara Magic was good as she was one of the last to leave the boxes then railed well to be chasing Orara Lea to the home turn where she railed the better and went on for a strong win.

Then in the Norm Stapley fifth grade over 480 metres, Orara Lass had to overcome a moderate start and then railed strongly to take the lead on the home turn before racing away to win by three and a quarter lengths in 27.93.

Backmede trainer Neil Falls looks to have a smart youngster in his kennel, Genista Apache.

At the previous meeting, Genista Apache was having her first start at the track and won in 23.18 this week in the Joan and John Corrigan fifth grade over 407 metres. Genista Apache began only moderately but used box one to advantage and raced to the lead along the back straight and went on to win by four and a quarter lengths in 23.00, the equal best time of the day. This time was only equalled by Tommy Cash and he certainly can gallop.

Tommy Cash, trained by Reg Gardoll, gave his supporters that laid the long odds on some cause for concern when he took his time to work his way past his opposition. Once he spotted a clear run, however, Tommy Cash raced away to win the Des Winters free for all by three and a half lengths in 23.00.

A recent addition to the Sandra McSkimming kennel, Boss Enforcer won a keenly contested Frank Taylor fifth grade, leading from the home turn to score by a length and a half in 23.76.

Red Predator gave Ron Barber a winner with his second starter since returning to the Grafton area in the Mavis Heath and Bayden Payne maiden.



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