McLeod scores a double

By Deniliquin Pastoral Times

Rhys McLeod with two wins was the only jockey or trainer with more than one success at Echuca on Saturday.

Prominent trainers with only minor placegetters included Busuttin and Young, Ellerton and Zahra, Jason Warren and Matthew Cumani.

McLeod won on McCain and Live Like.

The Patrick Payne trained McCain ($7) finished strongly to defeat $2.80 favourite Melba Storm by a half length in the Maiden Plate (1100m) for three year-olds.

Payne and McLeod then finished second with Villa Villekulla in the Maiden Plate (1100m) for three year-olds.

First starter Just Folk ($13) won the race for Joshua Julias and Jarrod Fry.

McLeod’s second winner Live Like ($26) provided an upset in the Rating 58 Handicap (1400m).

The Ern Ewert trained four year-old scored by three quarters of a length from Unlimited Ability.

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Consistent mare Rewarding Ruby was the day’s most dominant winner with a 2sfr1/2 lengths margin the Rating 58 Handicap (1600m).

The four year-old’s last six starts have yielded two wins, two seconds and two thirds.

Jake Duffy rode the mare for Chris Calthorpe.

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Echuca mare Full Ahead had to settle for another second placing in the Rating 58 (2100m).

Although trapped three wide from an outside barrier Full Ahead took a slender lead in the straight before Get Up Cliff finished fast to claim victory.

Full Ahead has had one win and six seconds in 19 starts.

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Buckhurst could be the horse to give Lloyd Williams his seventh Melbourne Cup win.

The northern hemisphere bred four year-old won the Alleged Stakes at The Curragh on June 28.

He was entered for last year’s Cup but did not make the trip.

His sire Australia (by Galileo) won an English and Irish Derby.

Williams plans to import at least five horses to be trained at Macedon Lodge.

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Follow - Alcyone: Second to unbeaten Cherry Tertoni in Flemington 1600m at his third start; bred to stay (Teofilo-Purple) and could be Derby prospect.

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Coming winners: Orchida, a winner in England, has had two starts here for placings at Geelong and Sandown.

Switched is consistent and beat third horse by five lengths when second to Tailleur at Randwick.

Over The Sky stepped up from Maiden win for Flemington fourth at his third start.