Long-shot Megamind delivers the goods over 1400m
Punters were treated to fine conditions at last Thursday’s sevenrace program at Geraldton Turf Club.
It was an intriguing meeting for various reasons, with several runners constructing impressive performances.
Early afternoon honours fell to Big Shot Paddy, Candelight Star and Flaming Pro.
In his sixth career start, Troy Turner guided Big Shot Paddy to his first career victory by a length over True Delight in the opening Iron Jack maiden (1800m).
Second-last with 400m to run, and having never placed before, Turner’s calming influence ensured the three-year-old gelding found a rhythm in the home straight.
Trainer Adam Durrant continued his success in Geraldton, with his runner Candelight Star returning from a 28-week spell to defeat Mister Panon by half a length in the GWN handicap (1200m).
Despite sitting at the tail of the field at both the 800 and 400m marks, rider Brodie Kirby executed patience and found a clear path when the heat came.
Mister Panon, who had led for most of the journey, couldn’t quell the seven-year-old gelding in the closing stages.
The afternoon was also a satisfying return for trainer Kim Anderson, with Flaming Pro snapping his run of six consecutive minor placings by edging out Liberty Lee in the Cyril Walton Memorial maiden (1300m).
Long-odds punters were rewarded in spades when Randy Tan saluted on Megamind in the RedFM 96.5 handicap (1400m).
Listed up to $38 for a win on the tote, the seven-year-old Tony Scally-trained gelding returned from an eight-week spell and delivered, much to the delight of connections. Gordon Spowart’s runner Paris of Troy made it two wins on the bounce, continuing his solid form in Geraldton this season after defeating In Da Hood by 1.3 lengths in the Geraldton Party Hire handicap (1600m).
The victory marks two victories and two minor placings from six starts in 2017-2018 for the six-year old.
Equally impressive was the final victor of the day, Three Generations, who notched up his second win from his past three races in the Geraldton Party Hire handicap (1600m).
Flaming Pro narrowly leads the field with 200m left in last Thursday’s Cyril Walton Memorial maiden at the Geraldton Turf Club.