Red Mako cruises to win

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RAC­ING: The wait for favourite back­ers proved worth it when Red Mako ran up to her good home­track form to post an­other Clif­ford Park vic­tory on Satur­day night.

The seven-race card was al­most one hour late start­ing af­ter no Rac­ing Queens­land vet had ar­rived on course for the meet­ing and then a track light­ing prob­lem fur­ther de­layed the race-one jump.

But Red Mako ($3.20) took the lengthy wait in her stride with an all-the-way win for jockey Emma Ljung in the Pro-Clear Bench­mark 65 Hand­i­cap (1300m).

The Red Daz­zler four-year-old had a long neck to spare on the line from Boil­ing ($4.20) with re­sum­ing Stormy Grey ($11) an­other 11⁄2 lengths back third.

Red Mako’s win main­tained her per­fect record over the 1300m course of three wins from three starts.

Win­ning trainer Tony Sears will now con­sider a break for Red Mako whose only re­cent blem­ish was a a well-beaten ef­fort over 1660m on a rain-af­fected Ip­swich track.

“She is hope­less on wet tracks and we tried her over a mile that day which I don’t think she gets on any type of go­ing,” Sears said.

“1350m looks about as far as she gets but she tries hard and she’s built a good record here.

“It’s not easy for a filly, just turned four now, to carry 58kg against those sort of horses.

“I thought about try­ing to claim on her but Emma got the job done nicely.”

“Emma and Nozi (Tomizawa) do a lot of work for me, and I’m happy to have her on my horses any time.”

Ljung com­pleted a win­ning dou­ble on the card when she teamed with the Ben Cur­rie sta­ble to score aboard re­sum­ing Carpe Noctem ($5) in the Liv­ing Turf QTIS Three­Year-Old Maiden Plate (1300m).

Carpe Noctem broke through at start num­ber three with a half­neck win over sta­ble­mate Trooper Kelly ($1.65).

Carpe Noctem was one of three win­ners on the pro­gram for Cur­rie who also scored with Cool Drafts ($5) and Isn’t She El­e­gant ($2.25 fav).

Sears and jockey Nozi Tomizawa were also in the mul­ti­ple win­ner’s list af­ter they com­bined to take out the A & R Re­frig­er­a­tion Class 5 Hand­i­cap (1100m) with $2.05 favourite Daz­zling Red.

Tomizawa was also suc­cess­ful on the Pa­trick Sex­ton-trained Clive­den ($9) in the Hap­pily Ever Af­ter Bren­dan and Ge­orgie En­tires and Geld­ings Class 2 Hand­i­cap (1000m).

Trainer Michael Nolan and jockey Ruby Ride com­pleted the night’s win­ning muster when Sireeanna ($5.50) re­sumed with a 11⁄4 length vic­tory in the Pryde’s Easifeed Maiden Hand­i­cap (1100m).

Photo: Kevin Farmer

TOP RUN: Red Mako (left) and jockey Emma Ljung hold off the solid-fin­ish­ing ef­fort of Boil­ing to win last night’s Bench­mark 65 Hand­i­cap at Clif­ford Park..

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