High hopes met at track
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.