News In Brief
19 June 2017, 2:24 p.m.
Smart 4YO presses Cup claims
Our Bandit has passed the toughest test of his fledgling career with honours.
The four-year-old made a successful open class debut on Saturday for his fifth win in nine starts and boosts his chances of making the field for the Gr.3 eStar Winter Cup at Riccarton on August 5.
“He’s a lovely horse and just does anything I want him to,” trainer Peter McKenzie said.
Our Bandit responded to every call from rider Lisa Allpress at Trentham to get home for his latest win at the expense of Lord Ernesto and the black type winner Duffers Creek.
Alibi’s winning roll continues
New Zealand-bred galloper Alibi has moved a step closer to a clean sweep of a feature age group series at Kranji.
The son of Darci Brahma won the second Leg of the Singapore Four-Year-Old Challenge, the Patron’s Bowl on Sunday after taking out the first leg, the Stewards’ Cup at his previous appearance.
“I really respect this horse. He has such a great determination to win,” rider Glen Boss said.
“He had a lovely run in transit. From the get-go, everything was executed to plan. I held him up as long as I could. When the chasers came around, I counted and counted before I let him go.”
The final leg of the 4YO Triple Crown is the Singapore Derby on July 9, although Boss does have some reservations about the 2000 metre trip.
“I’m not sure about going to the Derby, but this horse does have such a will to win,” he said.
Meech claims record
Expatriate New Zealand jockey Linda Meech has earned herself a slice of Australian racing history.
Her victory aboard the Mick Price-trained Hulme at Wodonga on Saturday was her 112th win for the season, bettering the record of 111 wins she and Clare Lindop held together.
O’Sullivan hot at Sha Tin
Paul O’Sullivan celebrated his first four-timer in Hong Kong on Sunday.
The New Zealander’s stable was in outstanding touch with the Kiwi-bred Aeroluminance starting the winning role at Sha Tin before Namjong Invincible, Starship and Willie Way followed suit.
“It makes such a difference when you have a good barrier,” O’Sullivan said. “All of my winners drew a gate, they had really good runs throughout and that showed at the finish.”
Leith Innes has been suspended after stewards completed an inquiry into interference in the Gr.1 Stradbroke Handicap.
Innes, who rode Counterattack in the race at Doomben on June 10, was charged with causing interference to Patrick Moloney on Kaepernick in the straight.
The inquiry was adjourned when Moloney left the course without telling stewards and he was later fined $400 for disobeying a direction to stay on the track.
Innes had asked that the inquiry be finalised via Skype as he did not expect to return to Queensland in the near future, but he then elected to return to ride Save The Date, who won at the Sunshine Coast on Sunday.
Stewards reopened the inquiry and after hearing a transcript of Moloney's evidence, Innes pleaded guilty and was suspended for 12 days. Additionally, at Ruakaka on Saturday, Innes received a four-day suspension for careless riding on Jiayuguan.