Ararat cup suc­cess for Terang stal­lion

The Weekly Advertiser Horsham - - Sports -

Terang-trained four-yearold stal­lion Jil­liby Ban­dit made a suc­cess­ful stride into open class rac­ing when he took out the $30,000 Ararat Pac­ing Cup for the Lee and Craven dy­nasty.

The lightly raced son of Rock N Roll Heaven went into the Ararat fea­ture as win­ner of 10 races from 25 starts but for the first time was tak­ing on op­po­si­tion that had al­ready earned their stripes in the heat of bat­tle that comes with coun­try cup con­tests.

Jil­liby Ban­dit, with Ja­son Lee in the sulky, be­gan quickly from the cov­eted pole po­si­tion but was un­able to hold off the fierce chal­lenge from Rule Of Thumb and driver Greg Sug­ars, and af­ter the slick lead time set­tled into the sweet seat be­hind the leader.

Sug­ars im­me­di­ately stead­ied the tempo and ran through the mid­dle stages of the 2195-me­tre jour­ney in a leisurely 62.9 sec­onds.

This set a near im­pos­si­ble task for the bunch in the sec­ond half of the field.

The fi­nal quar­ters were run in 28.7 and 28.4 sec­onds and Jil­liby Ban­dit, fin­ish­ing solidly down in the sprint lane, ran down Rule Of Thumb to score by 1.5 me­tres with Motu Me­teor – Ker­ryn Man­ning – a head away in third place.

“He’s al­ways been a nice horse and I’m very happy with the way he has come back as a four year old,” trainer Marg Lees said af­ter the cup win.

“He hasn’t done a lot of rac­ing and should con­tinue to im­prove as he goes along.”

Jil­liby Ban­dit is highly un­likely to com­pete in up­com­ing coun­try cups meet­ings at Mildura, Horsham, and Shep­par­ton.

“Be­ing only a four-year-old, those sort of races would be more suit­able next year,” Lee said.

“At this stage his main aim is the New South Wales Breed­ers Fouryear-old Chal­lenge so Marg will be just tick­ing him along un­til the semis in mid-june and hope­fully the $100,000 fi­nal on July 1.”

Win at the trots

Don’t for­get to look out for the coupon in this week’s edi­tion of The Weekly Ad­ver­tiser for your chance to win $3990 on Horsham Pac­ing Cup day in the Dunn-ezy Seed Clean­ing Owner for a Day com­pe­ti­tion

Sev­eral lucky race-go­ers will have the chance to own a horse for the day. They will en­joy the spoils of the own­ers’ en­clo­sure, talk tac­tics with the trainer and driver and the best part of all – the win­ner will take home a cheque for $3990.

New times­lot

This year’s cup day will be in a new times­lot on Sun­day, April 22.

It’s the place for fam­i­lies to en­joy an au­tumn af­ter­noon at the trots with loads of free chil­dren’s ac­tiv­i­ties, a pun­ters club, live mu­sic and give­aways.

Horsham Cup day also per­mits BYO in lim­ited quan­ti­ties, so grab a group of friends and book your mini mar­quee on 0407 871 206 or pack the pic­nic bas­ket and esky and get track­side at the trots.

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