Star performance at Echuca
Star Of Man provided a home track win with a dominant performance at Echuca on Monday.
The four year-old led from start to finish in the Maiden Plate (1200m).
Star Of Man ($19) had a two-length break at the home turn and increased the margin to 51⁄ lengths.
The Darren Weir pair Squeezable and Freestyler filled the placings.
Apprentice Mikaela Claridge rode the winner for Michael Cornish and Donna Gaskin.
‘‘I expected him to go well but not that well,’’ Donna said.
Star Of Man, unplaced in four previous starts, had not raced since August but won a recent Bendigo jumpout by six lengths.
Jye McNeil took the riding honours at Echuca with a treble.
He won on Johnny Handsome, Royal Duty and Bold Arial.
Three year-old Bold Arial ($1.90 fav) was impressive in the Benchmark 58 (1200m) and more wins can be expected.
The filly powered to the front at the 200m and went on to defeat Gunbower eight yearold Storm Approach by three lengths.
The win completed a double for trainers Ciaron Maher and David Eustace.
They won the Benchmark 58 (1000m) with Royal Duty ($2.60 fav).
She Won’t Leave failed narrowly to give Echuca stables a second win.
The Tahne Davies trained mare ($5) reached the lead at the 100m but Defy ($15) surged late to score by a long neck in the Benchmark 58 (1600m).
Jerilderie mare Saint Aquilina returned to the winner’s list at Corowa on Sunday.
The eight year-old’s last five starts produced only a third placing but she proved too good for her seven rivals in the Benchmark 58 (1400m).
Saint Aquilina ($15) defeated Kapover by three quarters of a length with $1.65 favourite Nicconi Poni third.
Kayla Nisbet rode the winner for Ross Purcell.
Blaike McDougall showed why he is one of the top apprentices in the region with four wins.
Follow - Mister Songman: Took his record to five wins from 10 starts with seven length margin in Randwick Benchmark 76 running nine lengths faster than Benchmark 88 winner Redouble.
Coming winners: Emergent can win in Maiden class after fourth in Randwick Benchmark 64 at first start.
Tavistock Dancer showed staying potential in Caulfield win at second start.
Lyre gained clear running too late when fifth at Flemington at her first start.