DID YOU SEE/ HEAR?
It took the last stride in the last race for
to wrestle back the lead in the jockeys premiership, which will go down to the wire. Mertens started the day two in front of
but couldn’t salute despite riding the opening two favourites.
Williams won two of the first three races to bridge the gap, but both then lost rides through scratchings. Mertens’ runner in the sixth,
was scratched because the Caulfield track was “too perfect”. And Williams lost one early when scratched from the Sir John Monash Stakes. Mertens finished the day with a one-win lead on 72 when won the final race. There are four more meetings left for the winner of the Roy Higgins Medal to arise.
has had a few stars through his stable, most notably superstar and Cox Plate winner
but none for a while. He thinks however he might have another “good one” in two-year-old which beat a handy field with a convincing win, at its first start, in yesterday’s John and Denise Cobcroft Handicap (1200m). Eurell said he would turn out the gelding, which he bred and his wife owns, until the spring with the Group 1 Caulfield Guineas a potential target.
IN A NUTSHELL
WINNING is never passe for leading trainer but as he racked up city winners 129 and 130 for the season with a double at a Caulfield yesterday he was nowhere be seen. Instead he was a “guest speaker” at the Bundaberg race club in Queensland on “Bundy Cup” day. He didn’t have a runner in the 11-horse, $15,000 Bundaberg Gold Cup, making it one of the very few cups in this country Weir hasn’t won.
IT took only two meetings for to return to the winners list after a long injury lay-off. Walker’s immediate future looked in severe doubt when he had to be helped down from a mount at Moonee Valley in February as he suffered severe back spasms. Surgery and a long recovery followed before Walker made his return to riding at Pakenham on Friday. He couldn’t find a winner there but turned things around yesterday at Moe when he piloted to victory in the eighth race.
BIG BETS WITH THE TAB
A DAY of focus on fundraising for the National Jockeys Trust got off to the perfect start yesterday when a $400,000 bequest was made on behalf of the Denise Cobcroft Breeding Trust.
with her husband owned, raced and bred horses for decades. landed some big bets $10,000@ $1.80 and $6000@$1.80. The $4000@$4.60 didn’t get a look in on in the Winter Stakes at Rosehill.
$9000@$2.20, $9000@$2.15 and $7900@ 2.20. $6000@$2.70. Dwayne Dunn on Windbern is the most dangerous non-Josh Cartwright piece of riding I’ve seen since Frankie on Max Dynamite in the 2015 Cup. TOM HACKETT @ResidentRainman
Craig Williams and Beau Mertens at Caulfield yesterday. Picture: GETTY IMAGES