Munce stable enjoys run of race success
TURF TOPICS: Shoulda to Shoulda delivered the second win of the week for the Kerry Munce stable with victory in the 1100m Open at the annual Wondai Anzac day races.
The Chateau Istana five-year-old had to pull out all the stops to beat a very strong field on the testing Wondai track to add to the victory by stablemate Custody at the Kilcoy meeting the previous Saturday.
Shoulda to Shoulda, who wears special heart bar shoes to protect his tender feet, kept all his shoes on at Wondai in contrast to his previous start at Bundaberg.
On that occasion he lost a shoe and was beaten by 14 lengths, finishing fifth of six behind James is Blonde who he relegated to third at Wondai.
The three placegetters, Shoulda to Shoulda, Glenthorn Avenue and James is Blonde, shared the lead from the start and then had a torrid battle in the uphill Wondai straight before Shoulda to Shoulda ($3.50) prevailed by ¾ length over Glenthorn Avenue ($3.50, G. Steele) and James is Blonde ($2.25 fav, S. Bayliss).
The result brought a sequence of four successive wins by James is Blonde to an end for Eidsvold trainer Bob Murray but the stable was quickly back in the winners stall when Like My Brother was victorious in the next race, the 1100m BM 50.
Like My Brother, a recent winner on the sand at Gympie, proved too good over the final stages of this event to hold off the Barry Gill trained Chayse'n'Mason ($3.50, H. Phillips) by ¾ length with Karaharaga ($3.50, B. Derbyshire) third.
The winner, by Strategic out of a Danehill mare is raced by Chris and Matt Murray, sons of trainer Bob Murray with the owners riding their horse work either at the Murray property or on the Eidsvold track.
The Murrays have a team of six in work having just recently obtained three more horses from southern states.
BUNDABERG mentor, Darryl Gardiner, had a quick monetary return with former Rockhampton trained Kuramos when the Hidden Dragon three-year-old won the 1100m maiden after being in the stable for only three weeks.
Gardiner was given the horse to train on a recent trip to the Rockhampton races when the horse's frustrated connections decided he was not up to Rockhampton class having one third to show from seven starts there.
Kuramos lived right up to his good looks in the pre-race parade to tough out a hard fought, convincing win after gaining the lead at the top of the straight.
Triple Won ran home well for second with the Munce trained Purslane battling on for third.
Ridden by Hannah Phillips, the winner started at $5 with the $2.25 favourite Urubamba, a newcomer to the Glenn Richardson stable beating only one home after not appearing to handle the track. Jockey Billie-Rose Derbyshire made full use of the inside barrier to win the 850m BM 45 on the Nanango trained Monte Lago.
This seven-year-old son of Encosta de Lago had been a well backed favourite when third in Gympie at his previous start and made it two wins from two Wondai starts when he gave a strong kick at the top of the straight to score by ¾ length from the $2.60 favourite, I Am McLovin (J. Hoopert) with And Jubilations (R. Faehr) third.
From the Clouds
GREY Bradbury's Luck five-year-old Clouds, scored a win for the Lindsay Anderson stable at his third run in their colours when he finished strongly to land the 1465m BM 60 despite lumping top-weight of 60kg. Rider Gemma Steele parked the $2.80 favourite behind the leaders early and then sweated on an inside run from the 600m mark.
The gap on the rails came in the straight and the grey quickly surged through before dashing away for a 4 ¾ length win over Rhiatenn Road (W. O'Connell) and You Can't Be (R. Fraehr).
Steele was subsequently reprimanded by stewards for attempting to secure a run where there was insufficient room near the 800m mark resulting in her mount needing to be steadied.
Stewards suspended jockey Robbie Fraehr for eight days after finding him guilty of careless riding in the third race.
Stewards alleged that he had allowed his mount, Wild Element, to shift in at about the 500m mark causing Mitchy's Instinct to be checked.
Rider Tash Chambers was fined $100 for returning to scale ½ kg overweight after riding Urubamba in race 1.
She was also fined $100 for excess use of the whip prior to the 100m.
Steele was also fined $100 in race 2 for using the whip on more than five occasions prior to the 100m.
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