Plan pays div­i­dends


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Perth trainer Daniel Mor­ton’s tar­geted ap­proach to the Kal­go­or­lie Boul­der Rac­ing Club sea­son con­tin­ues to pay div­i­dends af­ter pick­ing up his fourth lo­cal vic­tory of 2015.

Mor­ton had only two run­ners in yesterday’s seven-race meet, but was able to salute in the sec­ond, the @KALRACING on Twit­ter Hand­i­cap, with Kyleena.

A $2.20 favourite head­ing into the race, the four-year-old ch­est­nut mare was able to win her sec­ond con­sec­u­tive race at the Gold­fields track by three-quar­ters of a length from the Peter Ferni­etrained Rid­dle.

Fel­low Fernie run­ner Grand Palace, guided by KBRC Jockey of the Year co-leader Shaun Meeres, fin­ished third a fur­ther length-and-a-half back.

How­ever, Mor­ton’s strat­egy did not come off in the Ian Dun­stan Smartline Per­sonal Ad­vi­sors Hand­i­cap, when Nin­ga­loo Blitz fin­ished a dis­tant fourth, six-lengths be­hind Fernie’s Small and Spicy.

The Dean Naz­zari-trained To­tally Wild was sec­ond, while He­len Hard­ing’s Ma­jor Vic­tory, who led at the 800m and the turn, faded to fin­ish third by three-and-ahalf lengths.

Merv Del­lar scored a vic­tory in race two, the Dy­namic Main­te­nance Ser­vices Hand­i­cap, when Devo­tive crossed the line one­and-a-half lengths ahead of favourite Let Me Im­press.

Our Mate Char­lie, run­ning for trainer Graeme Bal­lan­tyne, was able to turn im­pres­sive trial form into a race win, notch­ing his first ca­reer vic­tory in the day’s open­ing race, the Maiden.

Pic­tures: Mary Meagher

Jockey Joseph Az­zopardi salutes aboard Small and Spicy in the Ian Dun­stan Smartline Per­sonal Ad­vi­sors Hand­i­cap at the KBRC yesterday af­ter­noon.

Small and Spicy and jockey Joseph Az­zopardi.

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