Trade­ment too good over 1400m

Harvey-Waroona Reporter - - SPORT - Justin Fris

Gloomy con­di­tions failed to de­ter a big crowd on Sun­day af­ter­noon at the Bun­bury Turf Club, with sev­eral thrilling fin­ishes sprin­kled across the meet­ing.

One of the clos­est fin­ishes oc­curred in the Wil­liam Bar­rett and Sons maiden (1400m), with four-year-old Trade­ment hold­ing off The Di­vine Wind.

It was ironic, as barely a breath of wind sep­a­rated both run­ners in the clos­ing stages, with Graeme Bal­lan­tyne’s geld­ing com­ing from the mid­dle of the field af­ter they passed the fi­nal turn for home.

To­nia Stam­palia’s mare Fair­tore looked to have done enough in craft­ing vic­tory, how­ever Trade­ment’s rider Ja­son Whit­ing was able to weave a path through the con­ges­tion.

The Di­vine Wind, who ran with a tremen­dous de­gree of pluck through­out, was un­able to find an ex­tra stride but should take con­fi­dence from the per­for­mance.

Things were far more clear-cut in the Main­line Plumb­ing hand­i­cap (1100m), with Tawny Pete ma­jes­ti­cally strid­ing to vic­tory with­out peer.

Fol­low­ing up from his solid third-placed fin­ish at Bun­bury on Novem­ber 29, the five-year-old glided down the home straight to win by five and a half lengths from Cold As Cold.

Later in the af­ter­noon, Steve Wolfe’s run­ner Go Cry­ing recorded a gritty vic­tory in the class three All Amer­i­can at Magic Mil­lions hand­i­cap (1200m).

Af­ter run­ning on con­fi­dently as the race neared the fi­nal 200m, Peter Knuckey found a nar­row slip­stream on the in­side rail aboard the four-year-old and had enough space to elude Wanted De­sire, who had also flown down the home straight in im­pres­sive fash­ion.

Six-year-old Mou­quet con­tin­ued her good form and ex­tended her con­sec­u­tive run of plac­ings to four starts, af­ter win­ning the class five South­ern Built Homes and Sheds hand­i­cap (1675m).

Rider Daniel Staeck let the mare en­joy the ex­panses on the track and she led the field for the ma­jor­ity of the journey.

It was only dur­ing the fi­nal few sec­onds proven run­ner Kia Ora Star gamely at­tempted for the lead, af­ter hav­ing worked his way to within a whisker of the race leader. Al­though he fell short, it was his fifth plac­ing from last seven starts.

Racing re­turns to the Bun­bury Turf Club on Sun­day af­ter­noon.

Pic­ture: Justin Fris

Trade­ment, trained by Gra­ham Bal­lan­tyne and rid­den by Ja­son Whit­ing, pips The Di­vine Wind (par­tially ob­scured) in the Wil­liam Bar­rett and Sons maiden (1400m) on Sun­day at the Bun­bury Turf Club.

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