ONLY four of ten runners finished an action-packed Moredun Hill Steeplechase at Casterton on Sunday.
Surging Wave with Irish-born jumps jockey Tom Ryan in the saddle defeated Speedy Jax by 12 lengths with Mapping back in third place in the 3800-metre race.
The drama started at the first of 20 jumps with Warrnambool jumper Dormello Mo losing his rider Ronan Short. Historic (Nathan Newton) and Mannertone (Kosuke Kawakami) lost their riders during the race while Kuridala (Tom Sadler) and Grassini (Shaun Phelan) failed to finish.
The Nathan Dunn-trained Tailored (Will Gordon) fell. Sadler, who rode Kuridala, was transported to hospital with a suspected broken leg.
Champion jumps jockey Steven Pateman, who has a dual riding-training licence, puts the polish on Surging Wave. His other runners were Mapping and Historic.
Riding honours for the three jumps races on the seven race program were shared between Ryan, Shane Jackson and Darryl Horner junior. Jackson won a maiden hurdle on the Gai Waterhouse-Adrian Bott trained Northern Voyage.
Northern Voyage, who was making his jumps debut, was heavily backed after some impressive jumps trials performances to win the 3480-metre race.
Horner was successful on Robbie's Star for Warrnambool trainer Peter Chow. The win is Star's second from three runs in hurdle races.
Local jumps racing heads to Coleraine next Sunday. The feature race is the Great Western Steeplechase while a maiden and open hurdle are also on the program.
Meanwhile, talented Warrnambool galloper Begood Toya Mother rounded off his preparation for a start in the listed $140,000 Regal Roller Stakes at Caulfield this Saturday, with an impressive track gallop at his home track last Thursday.
Begood Toya Mother, who is going for his sixth consecutive win, was joined by stablemate Working From Home in the 1000-metre gallop. Trainer Daniel Bowman said he was happy with the work of both horses on the heavy track.
"It was good work by both horses," he said. "We've taken Begood Toya Mother through his grades and the Regal Roller is his toughest test. He deserves a crack at the Regal Roller. We gave him a short break after his win at Caulfield in June with the Regal Roller in mind. Our main aim in this campaign is the Rupert Clarke Stakes."
Working From Home kicks off her preparation in a $125,000 mares race over 1100 metres at Caulfield this Saturday.
"Working From Home has come back into work a lot stronger," he said. "She had a couple of niggling issues in her last preparation but she's over them now. The 1100 metres should really suit her."
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