Con­coni reins at Don­ald

The Weekly Advertiser Horsham - - Sport -

Stawell train­ers Terry and Ka­rina O’sul­li­van’s hon­est mare Con­coni re­turned to her best form at Don­ald last week.

Con­coni lined up in a 1354-me­tre fil­lies and mares hand­i­cap at 0-58 level.

Rid­den by De­clan Bates, Con­coni rolled for­ward and raced handy to the speed.

The four-year-old con­tin­ued to travel strongly, de­spite rac­ing wide through­out.

Ap­proach­ing the home turn, it was ap­par­ent that Con­coni was go­ing to be right in the fin­ish, as she loomed large.

When bal­anced, the daugh­ter of Bian­coni swept to the lead, and in a tough per­for­mance dashed clear for a three-quar­ter-length win.

Con­coni has proven a handy mon­eyspin­ner in her ca­reer to date, record­ing two wins and two mi­nor placings from 12 starts, to go with $48,975 in stake money.

Don­ald dou­ble

Sut­ton Grange trainer Brent Stan­ley took train­ing hon­ours at the Don­ald meet­ing, reg­is­ter­ing a win­ning dou­ble.

In a 1204-me­tre bench­mark-64 hand­i­cap the Stan­ley sta­ble was rep­re­sented by The Rev­erend De­mon. Rid­den by ap­pren­tice Rose Pear­son, The Hinch­in­brook five-year-old came from a mid­field po­si­tion to score a nar­row win.

A good day soon turned into a great day, when Lib­erty Lad made it back-to-back wins for Stan­ley.

Rid­den by for­mer West­ern Aus­tralian Daniel Staeck, the $3.60 favourite cruised to vic­tory in a hand­i­cap race, scor­ing by two and a half lengths.

Don­ald has proven to be a happy hunt­ing ground for Stan­ley, given that he won the Two Year Old Clas­sic with The Au­gust ear­lier this year.

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