HOME-track knowledge helped Grassmere Flyer defeat Simply Splashing and Sacambaya in a restricted race at Warrnambool on Thursday, according to his trainer Adam Chambers.
Grassmere Flyer was backing up from a poor run at Mount Gambier on Sunday but Chambers said there were excuses for the defeat over the border.
“The track was just too hard for Grassmere Flyer at Mount Gambier,” the Warrnambool-based trainer said.
“There was a bit of give in the Warrnambool track.
“He’s only other run at Warrnambool was very good.
“He’s been a consistent galloper for us.”
Apprentice jockey Tahlia Hope took the riding honours, winning three of the seven races on the Oaks Day program.
One of her wins was on Grassmere Flyer and got rave reviews from Chambers.
“It was a very good ride by Tahlia,” he said.
“She followed the instructions perfectly.
“She never panicked at any stage.
“I think she’s got a bright future.”
Hope’s other Thursday winners were Great Society and Farnor West.
Warrnambool trainer Jarrod McLean, who has had a busy week with the Flemington carnival, had three winners at his home course.
He was successful with Great Society, Farnor West and Bryan.
Favourite punters had a bleak day with only two odds-on favourites winning.
The annual ladies day meeting included fashions on the field.