Plan pays dividends
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 www.kbrc.com.au Maiden.
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.