SUE RAISES GLASS TO GROUP LEVEL
SUE Jaensch has her sights on Group races with impressive mare Have Another Glass.
The lightly raced four-year-old made light work on her Oakbank assignment on Monday, scoring by 5.2 lengths with apprentice Emily Finnegan in the saddle.
“I’ll have to start paying you to let me ride her,’’ Finnegan said.
Jaensch has a solid opinion of the three-year-old.
“There is a Group 3 in a couple of weeks. We’ll probably go there,’’ she said.
It was a big day for the stable with Knightoftherealm winning the last race of the two-day Oakbank carnival with Damien Thornton in the saddle.
OFFERS SET TO INCREASE FOR MULDER
MICHAEL Hickmott was confident of a big day at Oakbank on Easter Monday and his Murray Bridge stable delivered.
Hickmott scored early in the day with Cayman Nites (Anna Jordsjo) before Mulder maintained his unbeaten record with Shayne Cahill in the saddle.
Hickmott said there had already been strong interest in Mulder from Asia but the offer would need to be significant for him to consider selling the promising three-year-old.
DOUBLE THEN TROUBLE FOR POON
IT was a mixed return to race riding for Matthew Poon at Sha Tin on Monday.
The former Adelaide apprentice snared a riding double early in the day but was then suspended for two days on a careless riding charge.
It was the 23-year-old’s first day back at the track after making his Hong Kong debut three weeks ago when he rode a winner but was later concussed in a pre-race incident.
The suspension means Poon will miss the Champions Mile meeting on May 7, as well as the Sha Tin program on May 13.
LEADING LOCAL JOCKEY INJURED
TALENTED hoop Matthew Neilson is expected to be on the sidelines until early next month.
Neilson was injured at Balaklava just over a week ago when he fell from the Gary Searle-trained Anyportinastorm on the way to the barrier then the horse stood on his knee.
Neilson sits seventh on the Adelaide jockeys premiership with 19 winners.
TRAINER’S KNIGHT SHINES AT OAKBANK
THE win of Arkham Knight at Oakbank on Saturday broke a 25-year drought for his trainer John Macmillan.
Remarkably, it was Macmillan’s first win at the Adelaide Hills track after 12 years as a jumps jockey and 13 as a trainer.
Macmillan has a good opinion of Arkham Knight and hopes the three-year-old will measure up to better races over the Adelaide autuman carnival.
PUNTERS STRUGGLE UP THE HILL
BOTH days of the Oakbank carnival proved tough going for most punters.
The biggest bet to hit the mark on Saturday was a $5000 wager on hurdler Renew at $1.70 for a $8500 collect. Bookies also paid out on a $1000 bet on Arkham Knight ($5) in the opening race, as well as an $800 punt on Municipality at $6.
Some significant wagers to go astray on Saturday included $1200 on Distillation ($8), $1500 on Itz Invincible ($5), $2000 on Jim’s Journey ($3.80) and $1500 on Tarco ($6).
The big collects on Monday were headed by a $2500 bet on Sacred Seal at $4.40 for an $11,000 return, while bookies also took $325 each-way on Great Eastern winner Spying On You ($16), delivering a $6300 result, and $1500 on Mulder at $4.
Notable losing bets included $5000 on Jolie Rose ($1.75), $5000 on Bayanova ($1.90), $5000 on Dormello Mo ($4), $4000 on Yulong Xiong Ba ($3.50) and $3000 on Beau’s My Boy ($4.20).
CUP WINNER PREPARES FOR RETURN
MELBOURNE Cup-winning jockey Tony Allen is planning a comeback.
Allen, 50, wants to snag his 1000th win at Trentham on May 27, pending trial rides the week before and the finalisation of his jockey’s licence.
Allan won the Melbourne Cup on Empire Rose in 1988 and in 2005 bowed out after racking up 998 wins.
He moved to Japan that year to work as a track rider, which he said allowed him to work through some personal issues.
Allan said he decided on a comeback after encouragement from friends in the past few weeks.
SAINTS & SINNERS
No more popular Great Eastern winner
HAVE ANOTHER GLASS
Horse with enormous upside
Track bias was far from ideal for punters
Ran out of steam in Oakbank Stakes
Originally published as The Right Track, with Lincoln Moore and Ben Scadden
SOURCE: newsnow sport