Lunar Life takes flight
Taken to the front around the home turn, Lunar Life (3.80, 1.60) went into overdrive and blasted away from the pack to win by 2 ¾ lengths to Bold and Away (8.10) and Dunballogue (13.20).
With some of the lively crowd still making its way through the turnstiles, and the rest jostling for position on the fences, the runners moved into the stalls for the running of the Yellowtail Bubbles Maiden Handicap 1400m.
Pre-race favourite Iveagh (2.60) jumped well alongside Trigon, but veteran jockey Darren Coleman soon settled his short-odds ride and brought him back to the pack.
Trigon assumed the lead and set a good pace through to about the 1000m, with Rent Out close behind, while Iveagh was gobbled up and soon found himself second last.
Inside the 1000m mark it was Bold and Away who made the first move, pulling to the front with Lunar Life and Trigon on its tail.
However Garry Baker had timed his run to perfection, and as they approached the final bend and the 600m mark, he called upon Lunar Life to lift and he did, bolting to the front and never looking like being headed.
With the placings paying good odds, the exotics were juicy, and the trifecta paid out a healthy $3801.10.
Things didn’t go exactly to plan in the feature race of the day either.
Race six, the Casella Wines Murwillumbah Cup 2000m, saw Gather ($7.60, $2.50) upset the local hopes, with Bold Contact ($3.90) and the well backed Hecentadove ($2.10) rounding out the placings.
Back in the second race, Coleman got a little bit of revenge for the first, his precision timing on Moringa’s Serenade (28.70, 6.70) bringing home the bacon by the narrowest of margins from the fav- ourite Miss Isabell (1.40), who looked to have the race won with 100m to go, and Vintage Dom (5.10).
Race three went to Kaybee (13.70, 3.90) ahead of Courtroom Drama (1.60) and Mythical King (3.60), while the fourth was taken out by Diamondsaucash (12.90, 3.70) with Watchword (2.40) second and Rose General (3.70) third.
In the fifth it was Blinkin Easy (7.30, 2.50) who crossed first ahead of Special Voyage (4.10) and De Bono (4.40).
In the last, favourite At the Roxy (5.40, 2.20) beat rank-outsider In Nangana (11.00) and Deejay’s Girl (1.60).