Rapid start to spring racing
THE punters were in fine form for the Spring Cup at the Tweed River Jockey Club yesterday, but it was short-priced favourite Rapid Tricia who really impressed in the last.
With Dantain Boy a late scratching from the stalls, it was Manilla Girl who bounced a half-length in front. Her lead was short-lived as Don Payolo moved up on the outside for a brief stint, before Rapid Tricia took control.
Up towards the 700m mark, Rapid Tricia was never going to be headed, enjoying a fine run and easily opening up a length-and-a-quarter lead from Don Payolo.
The favourite was ridden outstandingly by Garry Baker around the home turn - 400m out - and when called upon in the home straight the filly delivered.
She opened up and extended the gap with every stride before crossing three-and-a-half lengths clear of Watchword in second and Nashira third.
Rapid Tricia's record moves to three wins and four minors from 15 starts.
The track had been downgraded at midday to a dead four, but the action on track was very much alive.
The punters had their eye in early, with odds-on favourite Lively Lillie (1.40, 1.10) enjoying an easy run home in the first ahead of Nediym's Touch and Lunar Life.
The four favourites dominated the second race, although the shortest starter, Mistersun, finished out of the placings, behind winner Play A King (4.30 1.60), Montalbert and Maali.
Race three went the way of each-way bet Turn Of The Tide (11.40, 3.50) ahead of Divic Fire and Paris Label, before outsider Rain Bay (32.90, 4.90) upset favourites Broms Girl and Doo Ron in the fourth.
Punters were back on track in the feature race fifth, with short-priced Rage And Rave (4.60, 1.70), running home to beat Bitenrun and Alberts Return, and struck again in the sixth with Swinging To Win (2.80, 1.30) too strong for Detected and Fivegrand.
Attention now turns to next Tuesday's Melbourne Cup meeting, before the running of the rescheduled Murwillumbah Cup on Monday, November 23.