Lo­cal train­ers, jock­eys fly the flag on their home track

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It was the horse’s first win from 24 starts but Ar­chard has only had him for this prepa­ra­tion.

“You start to won­der, af­ter ev­ery run, that you just can’t win one but he’s got the mon­key off his back af­ter to­day,” Ar­chard said.

“He’s no all-star but I would like to think he will run a race or two more,” he said.

“The way he hit the line we might be able to stretch him out a bit more.”

In the next race – the $20,000 Mur­phy’s Turf Hand­i­cap over 1100m – it was the turn of the Cor­nish/Gaskin stable to fly the lo­cal flag.

De­spite an­other plunge, which saw Our Se­vira price tum­ble from $19 to $11 not long be­fore they jumped and once again it was money down the drain.

Mick Cor­nish said Left Jay­bee Out likes run­ning on her home track and he liked hav­ing his stable’s ap­pren­tice jockey Mikaela Clar­idge on board with her 3kg claim.

And the ap­pren­tice was ob­vi­ously in a rush to im­press her masters with Left Jay­bee Out fly­ing out of the gate and be­fore the field could set­tle the race was all but over.

LJO was more than five lengths clear as they ap­proached the bend and kept ex­tend­ing the gap.

At the 400m Clar­idge, stuck like a postage stamp on her back, LJO was asked for an ef­fort.

The pair was sim­ply too good, no-one made any im­pact in the straight as Clar­idge ran it like a true sprint.

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