Sport

Two trainer trebles

By Deniliquin Pastoral Times

Swan Hill trainers Austy Coffey and Nathan Hobson supported their home town meeting on Monday with 13 runners each and were rewarded with winning trebles.

Coffey was successful with Poppy’s Orse, Tiny Rebel and Nova Way.

The trainer claimed a trifecta when Low Level Flying and Total Craft filled the places behind Poppy’s Orse.

Talented apprentice Will Price rode Tiny Rebel and Nova Way and made it three wins for the day aboard Fontein Diamond for Kym Hann.

Nathan Hobson’s winners were Hulme ridden by Tatum Bull and Midnight Cowboy and Soweto Haze both ridden by Madison Lloyd.

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Echuca Cup winner Hanger enhanced border district form with a second placing at Rosehill on Saturday.

Royal Celebration defeated Hanger ($10) by a half length in the $125,000 Ranvet Handicap, a Benchmark 88 race over 1400m.

Hanger conceded 3 1/2kg to Royal Celebration, a last start second to Positive Peace at Rosehill.

Positive Peace won again on Saturday in the Group 2 Emancipation Stakes, her fifth in a row.

Hanger, trained by Mitch Beer at Albury, won the Echuca Cup on March 8 defeating Easy Beast and Ashlor.

The Rosehill highlight was Verry Elleegant’s four lengths win in the $1.5 million Tancred Stakes (2400m).

Spring targets are the Caulfield and Melbourne Cups.

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Former New Zealander Simply Optimistic was an interesting runner at Bendigo on Saturday.

He was an eye-catching fourth in the Benchmark 84 (1100m) at only his second start in 19 months.

The five year-old began slowly before making ground to finish a length from the winner.

He had not raced since winning on a heavy track at Randwick in June last year.

Winter success surely awaits this Brendon Hawtin trained gelding.

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Day one of the Championships at Randwick tomorrow includes the Doncaster Mile, Australian Derby and T J Smith Stakes, all with several chances and a test for punters.

Selections - Doncaster: Brandenburg, Melody Belle, Yulong Prince.

Derby: Castelvecchio, Shadow Hero, Quick Thinker.

T J Smith: Pierata, Bivouac, Loving Gaby.

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Follow - Young Rascal: This imported stayer gave in-form Mugatoo 5kg and a beating at Rosehill.

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Coming winners: Colette emerged as Oaks hopeful after strong win at Kembla Grange.

Gayatri was an encouraging second in Rosehill Group 2 at second start this year.

Simply Optimistic can improve on fourth at Bendigo.