It was a big week of racing in the north east of Victoria with the Shepparton Classic and GRV Vic Bred Maiden Final at Healesville run and won last weekend.
The week kicked off with a nice program at Bendigo last Friday where we saw a number of strong winners. Clearly the most impressive winner of the day was Master Sonny in Race 11. A former NSW trained youngster, he was having his first run for Brooke Ennis when powering away for a dominant win in the brilliant time of 23.55 which is only two lengths outside Fernando Bale’s track record. He may be Team Ennis’ next star.
Also take nothing away from runner-up Mander Lark, who can win a race soon.
Master Sonny was the second leg of an Ennis double after Stinger bolted in Race 2 on debut. He won very comfortably and you would think with natural improvement he will be pretty smart going forward and win plenty of races.
‘In taking out the $14,500 Shepparton Classic ASTON BOLERO took his record to nine wins from 14 starts and he’ll win loads more races. He is a ripper!’
Over to Saturday Night and we saw the running of the $14,500 Shepparton Classic (450m). With $10,000 to the winner, the favourite for the event was the Jason Thompson trained Aston Bolero starting $1.40, and he certainly didn’t let punters down. He sailed across to lead and it was just a matter of how far.
He scored officially by seven and a half lengths and ran 24.98, which is low flying. He has won nine from 14 now and he will be loads more races. He is a ripper! Second in the race was Blue Rocket, with local chance Proper Bluey finishing third. Here is the Shepparton Classic replay…
Watch: Aston Bolero blows his rivals away in Saturday’s $14,500 Shepparton Classic.
The other notable performance on the night was that of first starter Bally James in Race 2. Drawn the inside box he jumped well, led to the first corner before racing away for a big win in fast time. Trained by Ian Murray, he may be in for a nice career.
On we went to Healesville Sunday for the final of the GRV Vic Bred Maiden Series. This series may have unearthed a legitimate superstar in It’s All Talk (pictured with her Sunshine North trainer Angela Galea).
‘This was IT’S ALL TALK’s toughest test and she handled it magnificently. She was challenged mid-race but she answered that challenge and her time (18.96) was breathtaking too.’
Unbeaten in two starts after bolting in her heat and semi, this was certainly her toughest test and she handled it magnificently. Fast out to lead, she was challenged mid-race,but she answered that challenge by powering clear to win again. Her time was breathtaking too, at start three running 18.96.
She will start to build up in distance now but I can’t see why she wouldn’t get further ground as she is so strong through to the line. Second in went to a brave American Warrior with third place to Verdict.
Watch: It’s All Talk’s brilliant win in the GRV Vic Breeders Maiden Final at Healesville.
There were a host of other terrific winners on the day including Rockon Audacious again in Race 6, the Anthony Karabitsakos trained Black Mumbo in Race 7, Dr Don in Race 8 and the very speedy Pretty Bomb in Race 10.
That wraps up another edition of the North-East Wrap. Until next week, good luck and good punting.