RAIN over the weekend put a smile on the face of Warrnambool trainer Peter Chow.
Chow, who mixes his time between milking cows and training horses, showed his prowess with winners at Ararat and Terang.
Moor Wanted won at Ararat, while proven wet-tracker Robbie’s Star was successful in a restricted race at Terang.
Both horses started at double figure odds and will now be set for races at the Warrnambool May Carnival, according to Chow.
“It’s great we’ve had the break in the weather,” he said. “It’s good for the farm and for training horses. I can’t take any credit for having Moor Wanted in the stable – all the credit goes to stable foreman Stewie Bishop. He picked the horse out of the paddock as a yearling after he saw the brandings 33/4. Stewie is a passionate Hawks fan. Cyril Rioli wears number 33 and he’s played in four premierships, so Stewie decided to buy him.
“Robbie’s Star is a really good wet tracker. I thought he would be hard to beat after the heavy rain. We should have a few runners at the Carnival. I just hope we continue to get more rain.”
The Warrnambool Carnival will be run from May 1-3.
IRISH-BORN jockey Declan Bates showed his initiative winning on Flaubert’s Gift at Ararat on Saturday.
He followed up that performance with another clever ride to win on Robbie’s Star at Terang on Sunday. Bates, who has booted home more than 120 winners since he moved to Australia more than two years ago, is now looking forward to the Warrnambool May Carnival.
“I’ve got to thank my good mate Shane Jackson for encouraging my wife Jennifer and me to make the move to Warrnambool,” he said.
“Life is really good. It was great to get two winners over the weekend. I’ve been lucky that I’ve had a lot of support from local trainers including Daniel Bowman.
“I also go up to Ballarat one day in the week to ride work for Archie Alexander.”
A career highlight for Bates was when he rode top class galloper Hartnell to win his maiden at Wales in the United Kingdom in September 2013.
HAMILTON trainer Jessica Constantine was pleasantly surprised with the first-up win of Wild Cliffs in a maiden over 1200 metres at Terang on Sunday.
Constantine, who has a few horses in work, took time out to thank racing owner Peter Balderstone after Wild Cliffs’ win over Savvy Boy and Tamerett.
“I’m a bit surprised,” she said. “I thought she might need this run. I gave her a jump-out at Stawell last week. She went well in the jump-out.
“I’ve got to thank Peter (Baulderstone). He’s been a great supporter of mine. I’m just rapt she won for Peter. I’m not sure if we go to the Warrnambool Carnival with her.”
Wild Cliff picked up $12,100 in stakemoney with her maiden victory.
WARRNAMBOOL jumper Dormello Mo lost no supporters in his attempt to win next month’s Brierly Steeplechase with a third placing in a steeplechase at Pakenham on Sunday.
Trainer Simon Ryan was upbeat with the run of Dormello Mo in the ’chase over 3200 metres.
“We’ve got no complaints,” Ryan said.
“I thought it was a very good run. He was well ridden by Braidon Small. My bloke had to carry 70kg. I’m confident he’ll have less weight in the Brierly.
“I thought the winner Monarch Chimes was very impressive going forward to the Warrnambool Carnival.”
Meanwhile, promising jumper Two Hats came to grief but suffered no injuries for local trainer Aaron Purcell in the open hurdle at Pakenham. “Two Hats just got half-lengthened at the jump,” he said. “It was a harmless fall. He just tripped. He appeared to be travelling really well in the run. The fall is disappointing but that’s racing. The horse pulled up really well and we’ll go forward to the Galleywood.”
The $150,000 Galleywood Hurdle is the feature jumping race on the second day of the Warrnambool May Racing Carnival.
DANIEL Moor’s purple patch of form hit a speed hump at Terang on Sunday when the former Warrnambool apprentice was outed on a careless riding charge.
Moor, who rode four winners at Caulfield on Saturday, pleaded guilty to the charge after his ride on Straight Jacket.
Stewards found he permitted Straight Jacket to shift in when insufficiently clear of Gold Medals, which had to be steadied and lost its rightful place. His suspension starts midnight April 21 and ends at April 27.
Moor is coming home to ride at the Warrnambool May Carnival before taking up a six-month contract in Singapore.
MORE than 240 yearlings are listed to go under the hammer at the sixth annual VOBIS Gold Sale.
All the yearlings are Super VOBIS qualified – making them eligible for millions of dollars in bonuses through the VOBIS incentive scheme during their two and three-year-old racing seasons.
They are also eligible to be nominated for VOBIS Gold bonuses and the progeny of VOBIS Sires nominated stallions will eligible to run in the inaugural two-year-old Showdown, to be run in April 2019.
Leading Sires Written Tycoon, I Am Invincible, Zoustar, Smart Missle, Magnus and first season sires such as Rubick, Dissident and Toronado will have progeny in the sale at Oaklands Junction on April 22.