Great way to start 2019 for Cor­nish and Gaskin

Deniliquin Pastoral Times - - SPORT -

The in-form Echuca sta­ble of Michael Cor­nish and Donna Gaskin wel­comed the New Year with a win­ner at Cranbourne.

Left Jay­bee Out ($6) rid­den by ap­pren­tice Mikaela Clar­idge led from start to fin­ish in the Bench­mark 64 (1000m).

The free-go­ing mare quickly es­tab­lished a handy lead and held on to score by a head.

The Jim Cer­chi Jnr trained Kyzama ($11) fin­ished strongly but needed a few more me­tres to claim vic­tory.

Kyzama was hav­ing her sec­ond start this prepa­ra­tion and should be an early win­ner for Cer­chi who trained at Tocumwal be­fore mov­ing to Cranbourne.

The mare won two Bench­mark 70 races over 1000m at Cranbourne in July-Au­gust.

Lu­nar Flare and Lucky Cat had to be con­tent with mi­nor plac­ings at Cranbourne but could atone in the next few weeks.

First starter Lu­nar Flare hit the line strongly for a close-up third in the Maiden Plate (1400m).

The filly by Mel­bourne Cup win­ner Fiorente is trained by the Hayes and Dabernig team.

Lucky Cat raced greenly and failed by a head to run down the favourite River Jewel in the Bench­mark 64 (1300m) for fil­lies and mares.

The four year-old also fin­ished sec­ond when re­sum­ing at Morn­ing­ton.

Her eight starts in­clude two third plac­ings at Caulfield last sum­mer.

More Echuca joy on Tues­day at Yarra Val­ley with two wins.

Ex­treme Torque ($6.50) rid­den by Ja­son Mask­iell won the Bench­mark 58 (1950m) for the Cor­nish and Gaskin team and Wide Open Road ($6.50) claimed the Bench­mark 58 (1500m) for Gwenda John­stone and Jar­rod Fry.

Fol­low - Tin Hat: Came un­der no­tice with close-up fifth in Group 2 Sires’ Pro­duce Stakes at Flem­ing­ton in March; re­sumed at Sandown lead­ing all of the way in Bench­mark 64 (1300m) and should ad­vance through the grades.

Com­ing win­ners: Villa Sarchi came from last with a pow­er­ful run to win Sandown 1000m when re­sum­ing.

Or­der of Com­mand im­pressed at Flem­ing­ton where he has good record on straight track.

Crack The Code was not ex­tended to win at Moonee Val­ley at her third start.

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