Extra Exceleration sprints to win
EXTRA Exceleration ($16.50) proved to have just that in the second at Murwillumbah yesterday.
On a day that favoured the roughies as much as the favourites, the Graeme Watt-trained horse jumped well from barrier three before settling into the field and living up to its name rounding the final turn.
The four-year-old gelding galloped down the home straight unchallenged to record a memorable win over the highly-fancied Curraja and rank outsider My Academy. However, the Grafton-based bullet wasn't the highest-priced starter to unsaddle in the winner's circle.
That honour went to New Zealand product Gold and Power in the fifth, who at $17.80 came from the rear of the field to show up short-odds starters Sandminer and Red Hot Briefs to claim the $6500 winner's cheque for owner Laura Cheshire.
The day's feature race fittingly came down to photo finishes to decide the placings. In the end though it was Flamin' Lucky (4.00) who emerged from the pack and ran down race leader Palands on the line, with Diggin' Deep given the nod over Cooly Road for third.
Favourite Femmelefeu (2.70) got the day off to a flying start, beating home a bevy of heavily-backed runners to take the first from Nite 'n' Shine and Moon Piggy.
A great ride from Gabrielle Coleman ensured Lucette (5.10) won the third from Dragons Bletch and Kicking the Blues, while Golden Success again tasted victory in the fourth, flying home ahead of Issie Mac and Stalwart Emma.
Handsome Dane (4.50) paraded proudly after taking out the sixth from Broms Girl and Rock Rules, while Dowden (10.00) proved too smart down the straight for Waterbury and Red Mohican in the lucky last.