The fickle October weather continued last weekend in the Charleville area with hot gusty winds and 38 degrees Friday to a cool breeze Saturday morning with misty showers and a top of about 23 degrees.
Despite this quite a reasonable crowd attended the Ladies day meeting with only one scratching for the entire program on Saturday, October 27.
Racing was excellent on a track rated a good three. Young apprentice Leslie Tilley continued his great start to his career riding three winners for the afternoon after riding a winner at only his second ride in a race at Roma the week before.
Leslie scored on Autovon in the first, Secret’s Revealed in the third and then showed maturity and strength to land Mutiny a narrow winner in race four.
The ride of the day however went to another young apprentice in Brendan Newport on Peking Style in race two.
Peking Style bungled the start and was a distinct last on settling down.
Brendan however kept his cool and slowly picked up the field before bringing Peking Style home with a powerful finishing burst to win going away by more than a length.
The Club is now gearing up for their Melbourne Cup Day meeting which will be just a super day of racing and entertainment.
Autovon went to the lead shortly after the start and was never in any real danger. Autovon led into the straight and although Shannon’s Command and Wrighty tried hard Autovon kept finding and safely Shannon’s Command and Wrighty in the run to the line.
Peking Style blew the start and Red Dash, Clear Decision and Casino Mercaldi all vied for the lead at different stages to the turn. Red Dash and Clear decision led into the straight but Peking Style had made up a lot of ground and came over the top of the leaders for a very impressive win. Red Dash held second just in advance of Clear Decision.
Secret’s Revealed gave his opposition a galloping lesson and in the process set a new class and track record. After leading to the turn Secret’s Revealed cleared out in the straight and although Phantomoftheopera and Exalted Mollie tried hard they were no match for the winner.
This produced the closest finish and the most exciting race of the day. Epona Fire led Mutiny and Pokinalong to the turn but Epona Fire was joined by Mutiny at the top of the straight and these two settled down to a stirring duel all the way down the straight and hit the line locked together with only the photo able to split them favouring Mutiny by a short half head to Epona Fire with Pokinalong a fair third.
Stable mates Regal Prince and Juveniles dispute the lead for much of the way ahead of Lapel and Seekawinner. Regal Prince and Juveniles led into the straight but Seekawinner came with a blistering run down the outside to gobble up the leaders to win running away from Regal Prince and Juveniles third. However the drama continued in the scales room where Naoki Ogura rider of the second horse Regal Prince weighed in light and was subsequently disqualified by the steward in charge Mr. Ron Doyle changing the placings to Juveniles second and Master Nick third.
Story by Barry Jones