Star per­for­mance at Echuca

Deniliquin Pastoral Times - - SPORT -

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.

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