High hopes met at track

Seymour Telegraph - - SPORT - By Cathy Walker

The Hope fam­ily train­ing part­ner­ship of dad Lee and son Shan­non made their home track their own on Mon­day with a tre­ble of win­ners at Sey­mour that in­cluded a quinella.

Lee Hope said later a change of en­vi­ron­ment had done the trick for a cou­ple of tried gal­lop­ers that were rel­a­tive new­com­ers to the sta­ble.

But lead­ing the charge for the Hopes was Small Town Honey, a home­bred mare by Mag­nus for the Scott fam­ily, who spaced her near­est ri­val and sta­ble­mate Dash­ing De­clan by seven lengths in the Bar Landy Restau­rant Maiden (1600 m).

‘‘She was wear­ing blink­ers for the first time and she won eas­ily, we prob­a­bly should have put them on be­fore now,’’ Lee Hope said.

‘‘The sec­ond horse was hav­ing his first start for us and he’ll win a race too.’’

Small Town Honey was han­dled by non-claim­ing ap­pren­tice Ben Allen while the Hopes’ next two win­ners were rid­den by an­other non-claimer in Jor­dan Childs.

O’Lohnro Bay fought hard in the Wil­son Medic Ris­ing Stars BM58 Hcp (1200 m) and Sne­feru rounded out the Hope win­ners, scor­ing in a Bench­mark 58.

Hall of Fame trainer Lee Freed­man and his brother An­thony opened the meet­ing with an I Am In­vin­ci­ble filly named Pageantry who un­rav­elled the mys­tery of a field of nine un­raced twoyear-olds with a de­ci­sive win at $4.20 in the Man­ga­lore Park 2YO Fil­lies Maiden (1100 m).

Last sea­son’s pre­mier trainer Dar­ren Weir chipped in with a train­ing dou­ble, while Phil Sweeney made a worth­while trip from Jer­ilderie sad­dling Brightly Goes to win over 1100 m.

Rid­ing honours at Sey­mour were shared by Damian Lane and Jor­dan Childs with a dou­ble apiece.

Got there: Jor­dan Childs brings O’Lohnro Bay back to scale af­ter his win at Sey­mour on Mon­day.

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