Saturday 23rd March 2019
Top chance Bobbing will bypass the Kembla Grange Provincial Championships heat on Saturday as trainer Bernie Kelly believes he is 'behind the eight ball' with his classy five-year-old.
Mick Tubman was quick to put a line straight through Bye See's first attempt to qualify for the Provincial Championships final.
CLASSIC DAY James Cummings will chase Group 1 glory with Pohutukawa after the Godolphin filly scored a dominant win in the Group 3 Carlton Draught Kembla Grange Classic on Friday afternoon. On a day where Cummings and jockey James McDonald combined for four winners, Pohutukawa was the clear star. The Medaglia D'oro filly justified her $1.65 favouritism with an ultra-impressive display in the $200,000 fillies feature. Pohutukawa motored home down the outside to beat Kris Lees' Frankely Awesome by 1-1/4 lengths, with Scarlet Dream a further half length back in third. "She was very impressive," McDonald said. "It takes a good filly to do what she did today. I was in a very good spot and then it turned out to be a very bad spot at the 600m. She had to make her own luck. She is a big, powerful filly that will go places." Cummings confirmed plans to head to the Group 1 Vinery Stud Stakes (2000m) next start on March 30 at Randwick, but was reluctant to lock in a start in the Australian Oaks. Pohutukawa is currently a $8 second favourite with TAB markets for the Oaks. "We will go to the Vinery first and then go from there but she is a serious filly and I think she is a massive chance in the Oaks if we take her that way," Cummings said. "The critical thing for her today was show a lot of strength through the line at 1600m. Off a solid and tough run wide and having to loom up on the turn there, which has proved to be a little bit hard to do today, at Kembla on that sort of track was excellent. It is what we wanted to see from her today." Cummings and McDonald enjoyed a memorable day at Illawarra Turf Club. The dynamic dup also combined to take out the PFD Food Services A J 'Bert' Lillye Memorial Handicap (1200m) with Intuition. McDonald had got things off to a winning start when Loveseat ran down Lady Lucienne to win the Jim Beam Maiden Handicap (1600m). He then piloted Restrained as the three-year-old led home a one-two finish for the Godolphin when he held off Sergeant in the Edgell Class 2 Handicap (1400m). A superb display from Irish import Fairlight heloed Kris Lees claim the Assett Professional Services Stayers Cup (2400m). Images Bradley_Photos ... See more
The Medaglia D'Oro filly gave James McDonald every reason to smile after surging to an impressive victory in Friday's Group 3 Kembla Grange Classic (1600m).
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