Chippenham a nose away
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.