Turin with Harry Coffey aboard clear of her rivals at Sportsbet-Ballarat Synthetic last Tuesday. Photos: Racing Photos

By ‘Pegs’

SEYMOUR trainer Stephen Brown saddled up Turin, paying $5, for a nice win at Sportsbet-Ballarat Synthetic last Tuesday.

Having only her fifth start, the three-year old daughter of Manhattan Rain and Tureen was a comfortable winner of the Polytrack Super Vobis Maiden Plate over 2100 metres.

Ridden by the in-form Harry Coffey, the filly was too good for the $3 favourite Eterea, defeating her by one and a half lengths with Hypocrite, $3.60, a further one and a quarter lengths away third.

A yearling purchase for $10,000 at the 2020 Inglis April online sale, Turin is race by the Melbourne Cup-winning owners Barry and Midge Griffiths.

Previously trained by Mark Thomas, the filly was having her fourth start for Brown resulting in a Wangaratta second placing prior to her win.

The Griffiths also earned the Super VOBIS bonus.

Darwin win

The following day at Darwin’s Fanny Bay Racecourse, the Brown stable was successful with Lady Whistledown, a $2.45 favourite.

Having her second start at the Top End at the Darwin Carnival, the three-year-old daughter of Unencumbered and Lady Slevior was a most impressive winner of the Silks Darwin Class 2 Handicap over 1600 metres.

Ridden by Sonja Wiseman, the filly defeated We Will Remember, $2.70, by six and a half lengths, with Qualis, $9, a further three quarters of a length away third.

Lady Whistledown, raced by the Browns in partnership with a stable client, has a Darwin minor placing prior to her maiden win from 12 starts.

Connections of Hallowed Ground with trainer George Osborne, second from left, after the gelding’s win at Sportsbet-Ballarat last Tuesday.

All-the-way win

In the following race at Ballarat, Kyneton trainer George Osborne continued his good run with Hallowed Ground, paying $2.05.

The three-year-old gelded son of Hallowed Crown and Ocean Tempest made it three wins and a second placing from his past four starts with an all-the-way win in the 1200-metre Porter Plant BM70 Handicap.

Giving Dean Holland the first leg of a riding double, the gelding defeated Brazen Brando, $6.50, by two and a half lengths with Flying Annie, $7, a half-head away third.

Osborne purchased the gelding out of the 2020 Magic Millions Gooree Dispersal Sale for $20,000 and races him with several stable clients.

Hallowed Ground has now won three races with three minor placings from his eight starts, already earning $57,700 in prize money.

Trainer Sue Naylor with Albiton after the gelding’s win at Bendigo last Thursday.

First-up win for Naylor’s Albiton

Kyneton trainer Sue Naylor looks like having some fun with Albiton, $21-$10, judging on his gutsy win at Bendigo on Thursday.

The three-year-old Al Maher gelding was an all-the-way winner of the $35,000 Boltons Office National Maiden Plate over 1100 metres.

Giving the in-form Dean Holland the first leg of a riding treble, the gelding hung on to defeat the Don Dwyer-trained Kulina, $8.50, by a half-length with the Marita Lawson-trained Hoff To Sea, $9, a short-half-head away third.

First up since his unplaced debut run at Geelong in March, Naylor said there was improvement in the gelding.

“He’s a nice horse, and I thought he was fit enough to run a good race,” she said.

“He’s a very big horse, he weighs 600 kilos and I always thought he goes good so I wanted to do the right thing and give him time.”

Albiton was a $5500 purchase at the 2020 April Online Sale by James Fowler who races him with the trainer and other stable clients.

A bargain buy, the gelding has already earnt $19,875 from his two runs.

Don Dwyer and partner Mary Blackshaw holding rug won by All Too Creedy. Photo: Picnic Racing

Big season for Dwyer

Seymour trainer Don Dwyer is a former New Zealander (Pukekohe East) who drove and trained standardbreds in the Shaky Isle with success prior to setting up in Northwood, near Seymour.

Season 2021-22 was Dwyer’s best season since relocating, saddling up 28 winners at a strike rate of 28 per cent at picnic races. He bettered last season’s total winners of 21 winners.

Ably supported by long-time partner Mary Hackshaw, and his rider, former Kiwi hoop Shaun Cooper who rode 49 winners for the season, Dwyer was a great supporter of the picnic circuit having 100 starters for the season.

His stable star, All Too Creedy won this season’s picnic horse of the year on a countback over stablemate Peggy Rose.

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