Great way to start 2019 for Cornish and Gaskin
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.