Golden Kiss races to the finish for a popular win in Stony Creek’s O’Connell Motors 1100m race. D045214.
CORONET Bay-trained five year-old gelding Might and Vision was the best performing local horse at the Stony Creek Races on Saturday.
The Mick Price-trained horse, ridden by Dale Smith, won Race 2, the Inverloch Esplanade Hotel NYE Party maiden plate over 1100m.
Other locally trained horses struggled in the heat on a very good track, Stony Creek favourite Rokeby third in Race 4.
Rokeby missed the start but finished strongly to sneak into third at the straight.
Stony Creek trainer Paul Boag, who handed over the reins to Sale’s Paul Worthington, also had some success.
It was cold comfort for Boag, who was watching from the stands with a broken leg following a training accident some time ago.
His former horse La Saverne was third in the Meeniyan Motel Handicap over 1780m, closely followed by Ken Fythe’s Charity Lane.
Fythe’s Charity Lane was expected to do well on the excellent ground.
“We had 14mm of rain which is a lot in a short period of time last night,” said new Stony Creek Racing Club CEO Terry Grace.
“It was graded as a soft 7 yesterday but it’s dried out beautifully and was upgraded to a good 4.
“If it hadn’t rained we would’ve had to water it and we weren’t planning on that much water so we’re really pleased with the track and grass cover.”
Also pleasing for race organisers was the quality of horses at the races on Saturday.
Mr Grace said Stony Creek continues to attract top stables as a starting point to qualify for bigger races.
“At this time of year there are usually quite a few races on so you expect a higher rate of scratchings as the horses are rested,” Mr Grace said.
“It’s really pleasing to see horses from some of the top stables in the country in Mick Price (Caulfield), Lee and Anthony Freedman (Flemington) and Colin and Cindy Alderson (Cranbourne).”
Race 1, Exchange Hotel Foster, 1100m: Bizarre (JW Price, Ryan Maloney); Jade Ripples (Lee and Anthony Freedman, D Moor); Goose Green (RW Harrison, Alan Creighton); 5th Valentime (Shea Eden Corinella); 7th Nerida (Shea Eden).
Race 2, Inverloch Esplanade Hotel NYE Party, 1100m: Might and Vision (MG Price Coronet Bay, Dale Smith); Lilly the Filly (JW Price, Ryan Maloney); Touch of Reasons (Lee and Anthony Freedman, D Moor).
Race 3, Ahern Fruit and Fine Food, 1780m: Turning Tables (P Moody, J Fahy); Cuban Perfection (Lee and Anthony Freedman, D Moor); Aldolphin (Todd Balfour, Ben Thompson).
Race 4, Gippsland Food Adventures, 1000m: Young Farrelly (IR Hutchins, Dale Smith); Ballydoyle (R Triplow, Jarrod Fry); Rokeby (Tabitha Cunningham, Alan Creighton).
Race 5, O’Connell Motors, 1100m: Golden Kiss (RJ Besanko, P Keane); Summers Day (Ricky Maund, R Plumb); Java Spirit (MC Watts, D Caboche).
Race 6, Meeniyan Hotel, 1780m: What’s Your Secret (JF Moloney, Dale Smith); Born This Way (CG Murray, JR Todd); La Saverne (Paul Worthington, JP Fahy); 4th Charity Lane (K Fythe, D Moor).
Race 7, Ladies Day, January 5, 2100m: Vin De Vie (K and G Mayberry, JP Fahy); Louie The Lip (BR Fox, KL Bradley); Statute (Luke Oliver, Jacob Rule).
Ladies Day at Stony
THE Stony Creek Races will be the place to be on Monday, January 5 with the annual ladies day at the racecourse.
More than 150 ladies are expected to attend the marquee organised by Events by Kate in Leongatha, with fashion identity Janelle Malone the guest speaker for the day.
The day will also feature a fashion parade by Haze Boutique, Inverloch, as well as door prizes and wine supplied by Waratah Hills Winery.
Stony Creek Racing Club CEO Terry Grace said the day was one of the club’s biggest events of the season.
“It’s become an iconic race meeting in South Gippsland. The ladies love it and look forward to it, and where the ladies go the men follow,” he said.
“It’s one of our key events for the year so we’re really looking forward to it being a big day.
“The track is looking perfect at the moment and we set the meeting up to make it an enjoyable family day to relax, have a picnic and enjoy some quality racing.”
The marquee is still take bookings for what should be a memorable day.
The racing club is hoping to have four-time Melbourne premiership winning jockey Darren Gauci as a guest speaker on the day.
The jockey won this year’s Stony Creek Cup and Caulfield Guineas and is still riding well in the twilight of his career.
There will be eight races on the day with a number of quality entries to be part of the field.
Spots are still available in the Haze Boutique Ladies Marquee. Book online at www.countryracing.com.au