Long-shot Mega­mind de­liv­ers the goods over 1400m

Geraldton Guardian - - Sport - Justin Fris

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).

Pic­ture: Justin Fris

Flam­ing Pro nar­rowly leads the field with 200m left in last Thurs­day’s Cyril Wal­ton Me­mo­rial maiden at the Ger­ald­ton Turf Club.

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