Her Song started the ball rolling with a near all the way 30.77 victory in race 2 downing Docka Dorris and Bluesky Megan. The win by Her Song was only her second and broke an 18 month drought for the litter sister to Anderson’s smart chaser Merleen.
Tollmax (Benny’s Toll X Mrs Bouvier) brought up the double in race 6 when he finished best in a driving finish to hold out Chances We Take by a half length in 30.76.
At his second run from a long spell Go Ahead Ted notched back to back wins in leading throughout to defeat Medway Boy and Janderra’s Magic in 17.89 to rack up the treble in the penultimate.
Big Toll, a litter-mate to Tollmax, capped off Anderson’s day to remember when by securing the last in all the way fashion posting26.48 relegating Cawbourne Ducati and Glenticky Gold into the minors. Anderson is ably assisted by grandson Jamie Crawford who handled all the winners for his pop and must have set some sort of record in spinning up three one marbles from four attempts.
The kennels remaining runner was veteran chaser Earllee who wasn’t disgraced when a gallant behind Shiney in the Geoff Cooke Plumbing Free For All over 307 metres. Shiney was originally nominated for a 520 metre event but when informed that there weren’t enough noms for a race of that grade over that distance Blayney mentor Bill McKenna decided to drop him back in distance with happy results. Punters seemed to agree as the son Bond and Red River valley was backed from 4/1 into 2/1 and proved too strong in the run to the line for Myalla Dancer in a best of day 17.83.
Glen Starr’s promising youngster Manos De Piedra was responsible for another impressive display in wearing down tearaway leader Come On Izzi to prevail by a length and a half in a speedy 30.20.
Lidsdale mentor John Chapman was happy to land his first Bathurst winner when Copper Sky led throughout to hold off the well backed Our Black Rain in the Siska Lodge Novice clocking a tidy 36.82.
A month ago Lee Bowman breathed a sigh of relief when Mr. Manbo broke through for his first success at start number 26 but he didn’t have to wait that long again as Mr. Manbo was never headed in making it two on the trot in a slick 26.19 win over Rodolphus and Between Us.
Lyndhurst conditioner Lianne Cook was back in the winner’s circle with Stole A Break, who powered home for a very strong 26.35 maiden victory over early pacemaker Gogo Mary. Lianne was a denied a double when Joaldy was nabbed in the last stride by Myalla Fever later in the day.
Trained at Woodstock by Steven Cleary, Myalla Fever came again after being headed to register 17.94 to score by a neck with two lengths back to Narcissa in third.
Great to see Bob and Shirley Felstead, also from Woodstock, lead in a winner with debutante Hypo Lady who was never headed in 18.11 in taking out the opening event.
Bathurst’s New Function Room Open
The club is pleased to announce that the upgrade of the bar and new function room is now complete and open for business. The fully air-conditioned room comfortably seats around 60 people with standing room for a further 40.
It can also accommodate two bookmakers and includes a tote facility and boasts several plasma screens for watching all the Sky racing action, local race replays, cricket, footy etc. as well as tote displays.
There is even a 1.8 metre projection screen which is sure to prove popular when racing at night and for special functions. No doubt the improvements will meet with the approval of owners, trainers and patrons especially in the cooler months which are fast approaching.