Deniliquin Pastoral Times
Hannah’s first win
Hannah Le Blanc provided a highlight on a rain-drenched Echuca meeting when she rode her first winner.
The Wangaratta apprentice claimed the Benchmark 58 Handicap (1600m) on nine year-old Dash To The Bar.
Hannah is apprenticed to Ben Brisbourne who trains the winner.
Dash To The Bar ($8.50) defeated Adki by three quarters of a length with 11⁄4 lengths to third placed Reggae Rock ($3 fav).
Adki gained a handy lead in the straight but Dash To The Bar proved too strong in the final 100m.
‘‘I was unsure whether I would catch the leaders,’’ a delighted Hannah said.
‘‘It was my birthday a couple of days ago so it was the best present.’’
Burning Power and Pearl Rain gave trainer Patrick Payne an Echuca double.
Burning Power ($3.50 fav) impressed with a 33⁄4 length margin in the Maiden Plate (1400m).
First starter Pearl Rain ($7) came from last to beat Coralee by a head in the Maiden 1400m second division.
Anamoe in a lear top fancy for the $2m Caulfield Guineas (1600m) tomorrow.
The colt conceded too much start when narrowly beaten by front runner In The Congo in the Golden Rose (1400m) at Rosehill two weeks ago.
His four wins in nine starts include the Sires’ Produce Stakes at Randwick in April before spelling.
Artorius looms as the danger and probably only other runner with a strong winning chance.
He won the Blue Diamond Stakes (1200m) at Caulfield in the autumn with Anamoe third.
Artorius was fourth in the Golden Rose after striking interference in the straight.
Cox Plate favourite Zaaki will go around at short odds in the Might And Power Stakes (2000m), formerly the Caulfield Stakes.
Might And Power deserves to be honoured but not at the expense of the first race run in 1996.
Follow – Home Affairs: Four starts in first preparation included close-up third behind Anamoe and Profiteer in Randwick Group 2 in March; resumed with Rosehill win.
Coming winners: Tralee Rose, consistent mare, was second at Flemington.
Head Of State showed staying promise at Rosehill.
Tiz Magic followed Wangaratta win on debut with Flemington 1800m second.