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By ‘Pegs’

THE father-son training duo, Lee and Shannon Hope’s Whatarap made the long trip to Geelong on Saturday worthwhile.

The six-year-old daughter of Kuroshio and Rap Tale was most impressive in taking out the Avis Ballarat & Western Victoria 0-58 Handicap over 1112 metres.

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A first emergency in the original field, the mare managed to get into the race with Beau Mertens the rider.

Patiently ridden, Whatarap saw daylight in the long Geelong straight to defeat Chelsea Toff ($9) by a half-head with Via Capo ($9) a further three quarters of a length away, third.

“It was a good win,” the Seymour-based co-trainer Shannon Hope, who saddled-up the mare, said.

“She hasn’t got the greatest of feet and the farrier has done a wonderful job with her. She’s just a beautiful kind mare,” he said.

“Having gone up to a ’58’ rating there’s a few options for her next run – either Geelong, Kyneton and a fillies & mares BM64 at Sandown on the 13th, 15th and 16th November respectively.”

Purchased from Cranbourne trainer Doug Harrison earlier this year for stable clients, the mare was having her third run for Hope Racing.

Whatarap has now won two races with three minor placings from her 19 starts.

Members Day at Seymour

Seymour Racing Club will host its first race meeting this Friday (November 11) since Tuesday, April 10, 2018.

The course proper  has undergone major trackwork in that time has had a number of recent jumpouts to satisfy Racing Victoria officials.

In that time, the SRC committee has worked hard with major building infrastructure including a passenger lift to the Bar Landy Restaurant.

Dining bookings and further enquiries for Friday’s meeting can be made by calling the club on 5799 1681.

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