A winner going away
“HE just kept going and going.”
That is what apprentice Samantha Munro had to say about mount Morning High ($6.00) after a scorching win in yesterday's Tweed Daily News Benchmark Handicap, conducted over 1400m at Murwillumbah racecourse.
Munro made her move on Morning High in the back straight after settling in the leading division, and just kept putting distance between herself and her rivals.
Straightening well ahead of the pack, the six-year-old gelding was none the worse for wear at the business end and managed to finish the race four-and-a-quarter lengths ahead of nearest rival Facing Paris ($6.00). Bolton Abbey ($7.00) was a further half a length away.
The win is the Ballina-trained gelding's fifth career win and brings his earnings to more than $42,000.
In another of the day's highlights, My Kirra ($6.00), trained locally by Steven Phillips, arrived at the line just in time to take race five, the Tweed Tourism class 1 handicap.
Senior jockey Kevin Forrester swung My Kirra wide on straightening after keeping her back in the pack for most of the 1200m journey. As he revved her up at the 200-metre mark, she responded by powering down the middle of the track, beating the tiring Casting ($4.20) by a head in what proved to be the most exciting finish of the day.
Prussian Moon ($5.00) finished third, a further length away.
Tweed River Jockey Club chairman Bernie Quinn said the meeting was well attended despite the sweltering conditions early in the day and forecasts of early-evening thunderstorms.
“It went very well and the crowd seemed to enjoy themselves,” he said. “We even managed to get the last of the day in before the storm hit.”
“Our focus now is on the next meeting on March 14.”