Ojosan with Ethan Brown aboard (black cap) getting the upper hand over her rivals at Caulfield on Saturday. Photo: Racing Photos

By ‘Pegs’

SEYMOUR trainer David ‘Butch’ Bourne had no problems with Ojosan, from $10 to $7.50, handling the soft seven conditions at Caulfield on Saturday.

The win came after the Mikki Isle filly bolted in at Wangaratta at her previous start on a heavy 10 surface last month.

Ridden by replacement hoop Ethan Brown, Ojosan was most impressive in taking out the $130,000 Neds Bet Live Handicap for three-year-olds over 1100 metres.

The filly was momentarily held up in the straight, but the in-form Brown managed to get a split to get up to defeat Niccolite, $11, by half-head with Cloudy, $31, a similar margin away third.

“We’ll probably give her one more start this prep,” Bourne said.

“There’s a listed race in Adelaide at the end of the month so we’ll chase some black type for her over there.”

A $50,000 purchase by Bourne at the 2020 Magic Millions Adelaide Yearling Sale for client Mike Howard, the consistent Ojosan has now won three races with four minor placings from her eight stars already earning $132,560 in prizemoney.

Penny and family in the money

Seymour trainer and former long-time Seymour Racing Club chief executive Penny Reeve saddled-up Jusdane, $71-$61, for a surprise win at Sportsbet-Ballarat last Tuesday.

The four-year-old Shooting To Win gelding came from the rear of the field to take out the Global Turf Maiden Plate over 1500 metres.

Giving Jake Noonan the second leg of a riding running double, the gelding defeated Helen’s Boy, $26, by four and a half lengths with the Kilmore-trained Dalsupa, $3.20, a half-head away third.

“Very thrilled with the win,” Reeve said.

“Jake rode him just like I asked him to and the horse just appreciated being ridden back.

“I thought he would run better, but I wasn’t optimistic he’d win.”

Reeve purchased the unraced gelding at the 2022 Inglis Online sale for $9000 for herself and her family.

Jusdane, previously handled by Andrew Bobbin, was having his fifth start for the new stable.

Hoofnote: Reeve saddled-up her last winner, Jonny Reb, at Pakenham Synthetic exactly 12 months and a day ago, starting at $41.

Goodwin on a roll

Seymour trainer Barry Goodwin is having a good run at present.

Last Saturday, at Sportsbet-Pakenham Synthetic, Goodwin saddled-up Regal Rave, $18, for a narrow win in the Ben Scanlon’s 40th 0-58 Handicap over 1400 metres.

Giving Nathan Punch the first leg of a riding double, the New Zealand-bred four-year-old gelded son of Pentire and Royal Rave defeated Regal Rossa, $16, by a head with Red Stilletto, $4.60, a half-neck away third.

The gelding is raced by Mangalore Park Racing along with other stable clients.

Regal Rave has now won two races with four minor placings from his 15 starts.

Border win for Alicia

Kilmore trainer Alicia MacPherson made the trip up the Hume Freeway to Wodonga worthwhile with her sole runner when Polly’s Deficit, $6, was successful in the PJ Murphy Real Estate 0-58 Handicap over 1590 metres.

The six-year-old gelded son of Danerich was ridden by Thomas Stockdale in defeating Garros, $19, by a short-half-head with the $3.90 favourite Punter a further one and a half lengths away third.

The gelding is raced by the trainer’s father Clive MacPherson along with former Kilmore trainer Terry Bulger and several other stable clients.

Polly’s Deficit has now won three races with 11 minor placings from his 37 starts.

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