The latest racing news from Sky 30.08.17
BOOM apprentice Ethan Brown had his best day riding with a winning treble at Sandown Hillside on Wednesday.
Brown won the opening race on Blondie then added to his haul with back-to-back wins on Motown Lil and Speedeor.
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Speedeor was the second of four winners for Darren Weir, who also scored with Bonus D’Oro, Ubin Thunderstruck and Night’s Watch. It was Speedeor’s first start since November and he has now put together four straight wins.
Mare Bonus D’Oro, who made it three wins on end, is a granddaughter of She’s Archie, who put the trainer on the map when she finished second in the 2003 Melbourne Cup.
The winner of the final race, Night’s Watch, has been entered by his owners, OTI Syndications, for the Melbourne Cup.
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Vasil’s new Hero
TONY Vasil only trains a handful of horses but three-year-old colt Lina’s Hero, who ran away with the Benchmark 1300m race at Sandown, could propel him back into the spotlight.
Jockey Ryan Maloney stamped him “as Caulfield Guineas quality” and had “untapped ability” after his four-length win. Lina’s Hero is by Elvstroem who Vasil trained to win five Group 1s but who was a disappointment at stud and was banished to France two years ago. The best horse he has sired is Hucklebuck, but Lina’s Hero is showing the potential to be even better.
Blondie on Group 1 path
BRENDAN McCarthy will set Blondie for the Group 1 Thousand Guineas after the filly won the Benchmark 70 (1000m) on Wednesday. “This was a good stepping stone for her,” McCarthy said. Blondie won her debut race at Moonee Valley before she finished last in the Blue Diamond. McCarthy was shocked by the run but later found out she had a hairline fracture of the pelvis. “To have her come back is great,” he said.
Originally published as Triple treat for brilliant Brown