Lenehan’s Circus Dancer remains strong
Horsham trainer Stephen Lenehan continues to chalk up the winners through recent acquisition, Circus Dancer.
At Edenhope, the four-yearold lined up in a benchmark-58 handicap over 1000 metres.
Ridden by Tahlia Hope, Circus Dancer was sent straight to the lead, setting a solid early tempo. The $3.20 chance continued to travel well, and slipped away to a three-length lead before the home turn. The daughter of Walking Or Dancing gave a strong kick entering the straight, maintaining an unbeatable lead.
Circus Dancer tired in the shadows of the post, but still recorded a one-length victory.
The win was Circus Dancer’s second in 11 starts, after formerly racing with Matthew Smith.
Darren Weir made it back-toback Edenhope Cups, taking out the 2018 version in fine style with Divine Sanction.
Ridden by comeback jockey Jarrod Lorensini, Devine Sanction was able to offset his awkward barrier draw and race in the first half of the field.
The son of Teofilo continued to travel sweetly, before rapidly making up ground, prior to the turn. Despite being one of the widest runners in the straight, Devine Sanction came home hard.
The five-year-old was slightly wayward over the concluding stages. However, Devine Sanction proved too good, scoring by a half-length.
The win was Devine Sanction’s third overall, and it was his first for the Weir camp, after previously racing with John O’shea.