Racing returned to Moruya on Tuesday with a weekday crowd of around 350 people enjoying the fine and warm weather and typical good racing.
The first race was won in good style by Vellabel from Queanbeyan.
Debi Saxton’s Jar of Hearts ran well at its first start to finish third. It looks like Debi has another horse in her stable capable of winning races.
Watch out for her as she may have another start before Debi gives her a spell.
Race 2 saw the Moruya horses God’s Heaven and Danehill Dancer fill the placings behind the first of three winners for Goulburn trainer Danny Williams.
Chicka Pearson had God’s Heaven looking really fit for the race and he looks close to winning a maiden.
Red Hot Tango took out Race 3 for Debi Saxton, leading all the way, and finally showing the ability he showed when he won his barrier trial some months ago.
It was a good ride by Nick Heywood who controlled the pace of the race and then kicked away in the straight to win by three lengths.
In Race 4 the locals again filled the minor placings.
The winner was the Aaron Clarke trained Alabasta Bay and although trained in Braidwood some of the owners are locals.
Imminent for Matt Stephens was second and Debi Saxton added a third placing to her successful day courtesy of Sea Home.
Danny Williams won Race 5 with Athos with the best of the locals being Stark Tony for John Marzol which fought hard to hold on to third place.
Having won at Cootamundra on Sunday, October 4, it was a good couple of weeks for Stark Tony who is in his best form at present.
Race 7 provided the spectacle of the day. Ten of the 13 runners finished within three lengths of the winner with horses spread all over the track.
The rank outside Shezali took out the prize with once again Moruya gallopers filling the minor placings.
The race also saw the return to the saddle of popular local rider Shelley Walsh.
Had she been able to get a clearer run on James Curtis’ King Tides In she may well have been a winner first ride back.
Wade Mathie’s Bella Mist returned to her best form to run second, also being a bit unlucky in the run.
Danny Williams won his third for the day when Immy took out the last race.
Local favourite Lighthouse returned to racing and ran a creditable second having missed the start and then been wayward in the home straight.
Tom Lyttle’s Margarita Rush also returned from a spell in the race and showed she will be competitive in upcoming races.
The Moruya track having finally dried out from the early September deluge raced extremely well with fast time runs in most races.
We look forward to the next meeting on Tuesday, November 10.
Moruya does not race Melbourne Cup Day this year.
Suggest you book in to one of the local pubs, clubs or restaurants to enjoy this year’s biggest day in racing.
Horses to follow:
Jar of Hearts and Lighthouse did enough to indicate they will win soon.
Chicka Pearson has God’s Heaven looking a picture and he should win a maiden in the coming weeks.
Bella Mist showed a glimpse of her best form and will go close in a 1600-metre race.