Deniliquin Pastoral Times

Choralist on song in home track race

- With JIM ZEALLEY

Craig Newitt’s three winners at Echuca on Monday included Choralist on her home track.

Choralist ($8) trained by Michael Cornish and Donna Gaskin came from midfield to win the Maiden Plate (1209m).

The mare defeated $2.40 favourite Far Too Tempting by a half length with 21⁄4 lengths to third placed Bromelia.

Newitt’s other winners were The Amazonian trained by Mick Price and Michael Kent jnr and Anikery for Daniel Williams.

A well judged front-running ride enabled Anikery ($9.50) to win the Benchmark 58 (2124m) by 23⁄4 lengths.

Real Gun and Lunar Hero are two to follow from the Echuca meeting.

Both were decisive winners at their second start after a spell.

Real Gun trained by Scott McIntosh won the Benchmark 58 (1209m) for Dan McCarthy.

Court Painter, third in the Maiden 2124m, and Honorellay, second in the Benchmark 64 (1009m), were locals to race well.

Bon Shadow set a sizzling pace on his way to victory in the Rating 58 (1200m) at Donald on Sunday.

Jockey Jack Hill adopted ‘‘catch me if you can’’ tactics to quickly lead by four lengths.

Bon Shadow ($4.80) defied a late challenge from Gojuzz to score by a head.

Gwenda Johnstone trains the winner for the Mackenzie family.

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Delphi has the staying ability, class and in-form jockey to be a top chance in the Caulfield Cup tomorrow.

At each-way odds he seems better value than short priced favourite Incentivis­e.

This is the former Toowoomba star’s biggest test after eight successive wins.

Others racing well include Nonconform­ist, Young Werther, Floating Artist, Montefilia and The Chosen One.

Cup selections: Delphi, Nonconform­ist, Incentivis­e.

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Follow — Paulele: Won Randwick Group 2 to take his record to five wins in nine starts.

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Coming winners: Nudge, third at Caulfield at first start since Eagle Farm second to Tofane in June.

Kiku was third at Randwick at second start this season.

Pondus, a Melbourne Cup hopeful, led and finished fifth when resuming at Flemington over 2520m.

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