Deniliquin Pastoral Times

Barmah Al outruns Payne at Echuca

- With JIM ZEALLEY

Barmah Al recaptured his best form for a runaway win at Echuca on Monday.

The Echuca six year-old was given a well judged front running ride by apprentice Logan McNeil.

McNeil was content to lead by a length before extending the margin to three lengths nearing the home turn.

Barmah Al ($11) went on to win the Benchmark 64 (2100m) by 51⁄2 lengths from the Michelle Payne trained Jukila with Shakespear­e third for Patrick Payne.

Barmah Al raced consistent­ly before a last start ninth at Warracknab­eal.

Trainer Daryl Archard said he is a good, tough and honest horse.

‘‘He had a slow recovery rate after Warracknab­eal,’’ the trainer explained.

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Decent Raine won easily at Echuca to give Melbourne premier trainers Ciaron Maher and David Eustace their second success for the new season.

They began the season winning the Grand National Hurdle with Wil John at Sandown on Sunday.

Decent Raine ridden by John Allen won the Maiden Plate (1000m) for three year-old fillies by five lengths.

Allen completed a double on the Matthew Cumani trained Danejararo­se in the Maiden Plate (2100m).

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Deel Blaster is another Echuca winner capable of progressin­g to metropolit­an level.

The Dundeel four year-old trained by Matt Laurie won the Maiden Plate (1400m) by four lengths at his fifth start.

At the Track

He was spelled after a fourth at the Sunshine Coast and resumed with a Geelong second to The Garden, a Caulfield placegette­r.

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Cabinho appreciate­d a drop in class for a dominant win in the Benchmark 58 (1600m).

The five year-old was a last start seventh to Cups hopeful Hosier in a Sandown Benchmark 70.

Mick Price and Michael Kent jnr trained Cabinho which was ridden by Jack Hill.

Echuca’s Reggae Roc finished fifth.

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Follow – Sunrise Ruby: Albury mare has won four from five starts; followed two home track wins with Randwick Class 3 success.

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Coming winners: La Rocque had two starts for two wins in first preparatio­n and resumed with Caulfield fifth.

So Risque, second in Sandown 1200m race at third start, will be suited over more ground.

Star Spirit followed Swan Hill win on debut with Sandown second.

 ?? Photo by Brendan McCarthy/Racing Photos. ?? Daryl Archard's Barmah Al, ridden by Logan McNeil, returns to the mounting yard after winning the bet365 Protest Promise BM64 Handicap at Echuca on Monday.
Photo by Brendan McCarthy/Racing Photos. Daryl Archard's Barmah Al, ridden by Logan McNeil, returns to the mounting yard after winning the bet365 Protest Promise BM64 Handicap at Echuca on Monday.

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