Primo Uno youngster Mother In Law notched up her first win at Wentworth Park on Saturday night, landing the opening event on the program in a nippy 30.22.
Heading into the race off an all-the-way Unibet Gardens victory in 29.89, the Matthew Moncrieff-trained sprinter used the rails alley to her advantage on the weekend, notching up her eighth career victory from 28 outings.
Race favourite Fancy Tip, clearly the form runner with some dazzling performances beside his name, failed to get into proceedings from box six after finding early bother.
Wagga trained galloper Secret Sense got under punters guards in race two, leading from barrier to box in a slick 30.02.
Winner last time out at Dapto in good style, the Kerrie Walker-prepared daughter of El Galo posted sizzling sections of 5.42 and 13.79, before finding the line in good style at odds upwards of 16/1 on the NSW TAB.
The Frances Harris-conditioned Cadence snared her fourth city success on Saturday, breaking the 30 second barrier in the process.
Stopping the clock at 29.91, the daughter of Give Me Five has been a model of consistency for connections, in the money at no less than 18 of her 40 career appearances.
Last week’s Group 2 Sportingbet Megastar victor Bye Bye Bucks (pictured) continued on his winning way at headquarters on Saturday, driving through from the rails to land the Centrebet Stake in 30.04.
Registering his 13th Wentworth Park success in the process, trainer Ken Lewis has decided to bypass the Nationals with his star conveyance, preparing him for a tilt at the Group 2 Multicam Black Top which commences at Unibet Gardens on August 24.
The effort of runner-up Go Mighty Shiraz behind Bye Bye Bucks on Saturday was a real eye-catcher and he’s definitely worth keeping an eye on over the next few weeks also.
The staying race, the Schweppes Stake, was a blowout for punters, with the Harry Sarkis-trained Regal Gate saluting at odds upwards of 20/1.
Coming into the event off a sprint performance at Dapto on Thursday, the son of Late Late Show railed underneath kennelmate Dodging turning for home, then managing to withstand the late flurry from Buddy Right in 42.56.
The Jason Matthews-trained Ambassador Osti made it back-to-back Wenty wins in race seven, posting 30.27 for the 520 metre journey.
Improving off his 30.34 performance a week earlier, Matthews has done a great job with the son of Collision who is now a winner of 10 races from the 47 appearances.
On a competitive night’s racing, other smart winners were Desiderata, Zipping Catra, Jenmar Grace and Lucky Emma.
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