Chip­pen­ham a nose away

Deniliquin Pastoral Times - - LOCAL CLASSIES -

De­niliquin bred and owned Chip­pen­ham failed by a few cen­time­tres to give his nine own­ers a $60,000 re­turn at Sandown on Saturday.

Sim­ply Splash­ing with­stood Chip­pen­ham’s chal­lenge in the clos­ing stages to win by a nose in the Lad­brokes Hand­i­cap, a Bench­mark 70 race over 1400m.

Tal­ented ap­pren­tice Tahlia Hope, who rode four win­ners at Echuca three weeks ago, brought Chip­pen­ham from ninth at the 400m to go down in a des­per­ately close fin­ish.

‘‘He needs a slightly longer nose,’’ one owner lamented.

The five year-old was a last start third at Tatura where the mar­gins were a nose and a nose.

Chip­pen­ham won a Sandown mid­week in May and his record stands at 19 starts for four wins, four sec­onds and two thirds.

He is trained by Archie Alexan­der at Bal­larat.

First starter Weld ($3.50) was an im­pres­sive win­ner for Caulfield trainer Mick Price at Echuca on Sunday.

The Se­bring-Sparks Are Fly­ing colt over­came a slow start to win the Maiden Plate (1170m) by a length from Sim­cha.

Jockey Jake Noo­nan com­pleted a dou­ble when he guided As­sertive Star ($14) to an all the way win in the Bench­mark 64 (2100m).

As­sertive Star, trained by By­ron Coza­ma­nis, set a steady pace and held on to de­feat $2.90 favourite Pop­pi­holla by a long head.

Trainer Ger­ald Egan and ap­pren­tice Lach­lan King had mixed for­tune, win­ning with High Hop­per and los­ing the next race on protest.

Laker’s Lass was rel­e­gated to sec­ond in the Bench­mark 58 (1600m) af­ter stew­ards up­held a protest by Shaq’s rider James Winks.

Jamie Stier, a stew­ard at De­niliquin races 30 years ago, is re­turn­ing to Aus­tralia for a ma­jor post with Rac­ing Vic­to­ria.

He will take up the role of ex­ec­u­tive gen­eral man­ager, in­tegrity ser­vices, re­plac­ing Dayle Brown.

Stier is cur­rently chief reg­u­la­tory of­fi­cer with the Bri­tish Rac­ing Au­thor­ity.

He started his ca­reer at Wagga be­fore mov­ing to Syd­ney and later Hong Kong where he grad­u­ated to chief stew­ard.

De­niliquin meet­ings he of­fi­ci­ated at in­cluded Anzac Day 1987.

Main race at that meet­ing was the $1200 RSL Club Hand­i­cap (1400m) won by Saw­dust, owned and trained by Bob Donut of Co­huna.

Donut still trains and won a Kerang race on Box­ing Day with Cat­e­ch­esis.

Fol­low- Sugar Bella: Im­pres­sive Rand­wick win­ner and should build on record of four wins from five starts.

Com­ing win­ners: Sun­light, third on de­but at Flem­ing­ton in Oc­to­ber, re­turned with dom­i­nant win at Gold Coast.

Keen won Cran­bourne Maiden (1400m) by five lengths at first start.

Mor­ton’s Fork fin­ished strongly for War­wick Farm sec­ond at sec­ond start this cam­paign.

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