Lees sprinter back Guarding his Honour

Greg Miles calls it a day1:48

Horse Racing: One of Australia’s greatest sports broadcasters, Greg Miles, has called his final horse race on Easter Saturday at Caulfield.

Alan GolloglySportsman

HE’S back!

After failing in the Group 1 Oakleigh Plate in late February GUARD OF HONOUR made his next public appearance at Wednesday’s Newcastle pro ride barrier trials and as expected he won easily.

Aaron Bullock settled the chestnut just behind the leaders in the 900m heat and at the furlong found an inside gap whereupon Guard Of Honour powered away under a firm grip.

Game over and a 33.80 final 600m – best on ground.

Before the Oakleigh run GOH had been beaten by some talented three-year-olds – e.g. Tactical Advantage and Man From Uncle in Sydney – and some punters labelled him a non-winner.

Not this little man as I am an unabashed fan and whether it be car, train, bus or plane I’ll be there to see him win in Brisbane in the next few weeks.

Ten minutes earlier the small crowd witnessed an unraced galloper take care of proven performers BROOK ROAD and MACHINEGUN JUBS.

The Kim Waugh trained KING HEWITT, a three-year-old by Star Witness, booted through to lead after a few strides and controlled thereafter.

The baldy faced bay even had the audacity to find another gear over the latter stages.

Short odds but a sure win on debut for “Lleyton”.

The Paul Perry duo of HE’S OUR TOY BOY and WOULDNT IT BE NICE won consecutive 900m divisions with the former impressing with his final 100m burst.

But be warned he usually doesn’t fire first up.

Three 1000m heats were staged to open the marathon 20 trial session and a former UK stayer whose last win was at York (UK) in August 2014 saluted in the opener.

The Jeremy Sylvester trained rising eight-year-old QUEENSBERRY RULES staved off a determined bid from the Lees duo of OH SO ASSERTIVE and TIME OUT OF MIND.

I do think the latter has a future.

The next was won by STRYKE A RANSOM, the filly who broke away from the clerk of course at a meeting last month and galloped anticlockwise while a race was being run.

No harm done, whew!

She was perfectly behaved as was the third placegetter the Australian Bloodstock owned DOUBLE DREAM, a former Listed winner in Germany.

Matter of fact the daughter of Lawman (FR) was only beaten two lengths in the Dusseldorf Group 2 One Thousand Guineas (1600m).

The final “five furlong” event was an all the way for BARNEY RUBBLE who defeated the fast closing LABROOKE.

Now to the youngsters and the Paul Perry trained LEAVEN OF MALICE was the standout two-year-old.

The grey daughter of Sebring x Tempest Tost official winning margin was 14.5 len. Amazing and she came up the final 600m in 34.30 third fastest of the morning.

Leaven Of Malice has come on so much since her previous trial pre Xmas when finishing third to stablemate AUNT LIBERTY.

Hang on a minute, whoa, three weeks later on the Beaumont, Aunt Liberty beat subsequent Golden Slipper runner-up Frolic.

What a form reference!

Others to impress among the juvenile brigade were – AMERICAN MOMENTS (by All American), ARTHUR’S POINT (Benfica) and KETTERING (Sepoy).

Philip Atkins had two winners both three-year-old fillies who will break their Maiden status this campaign.

SACRED PEAK and MUSICAL QUERY are certain of country victory.

Another filly to take note of was DECEPTACON (Reward For Effort) who won two trials in December/January and continued her dominance with a two length stroll. Looks classy.

The successful Wanless/Lees combo had a double also with two unraced three-year-old geldings

ORODORO (Snitzel) reeled off a slick 600m sectional when winning by four plus while STEEL TRADER (Smart Missile) did it quite easy in the final heat of the day.

HOOFNOTE: Well done to Paul Perry on his win in the Group 1 Champagne Stakes with The Mission.

Further reason to celebrate was the youngster is by Choisir who Paul trained to win twice at Royal Ascot in 2003.

SATURDAY

15/4/17

NEWCASTLE

* POWERCRAFT (1000m)

PRO RIDE

800m: Tawfiq Boy 53.70 (37.90), Wahng Wah 53.85 (38.05), Lady Evelyn 53.90 (38.30), Excelamour 54.05 (38.55), Nick On The Run 54.20 (38.40), Clearly Innocent 54.25 (38.70), Sunday Swindler 54.30 (39.00), Kijito 54.40 (38.80), Jacks Image 54.55 (39.20), Ballerina 54.60 (39.15), Surfin Safari 54.70 (39.30), Fashion Sniptz 54.85 (39.10), Bonita 55.00 (39.75), San Francisco 55.10 (39.80), Liberty Pride 55.25 (40.30), Renown 55.40 (39.95), Dal Cielo 56.00 (41.20), Rosa Carolina 56.40 (41.75).

1000m: Powercraft/Du Bois 1.06.40 (37.00), Sheilarized 1.07.50 (37.40), Southern Delight 1.08.30 (39.00), Lady Montoya 1.10.80 (39.75), Bochy 1.12.60 (40.90).

Originally published as Lees sprinter back Guarding his Honour

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