Day At The Track

Burning smokes up the Winton raceway

03:59 AM 15 Apr 2013 NZST
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Onedin Mach and Crusader Banner both went into yesterday’s (Sunday April 14) two-year-old race at Winton with big reputations but it was the Nigel McGrath trained son of Mach Three who came out on top.

After an early dab at the lead, Burning and Matthew Williamson settled in the one-one before quickly scorching past their rivals on straightening and racing away for a comprehensive four length victory.

Luminesce, a daughter of Mach Three and former superstar mare One Dream, backed up her debut win by finishing in second after receiving a charmed run in the trail while Crusader Banner was a further 1 & ¼ lengths away in third after setting the pace.

Favourite Onedin Mach settled towards the back of the field and was unable to breach the margin on the front runners, finishing in fifth position.

Burning paced the mile in a tidy 1-57.6, closing with sectionals of 58.6 and 27.9.

Burning, who is out of Sparks Under Fire, a half-sister to Sparks A Flying ($627,218), will now be nominated for a $10,000 two-year-old race at Invercargill next Sunday, but that is likely to just be an appetizer for feature races later on in the season.

Burning was one of three winners for Nigel McGrath on Sunday, the others being The Bog who was driven to success by Matthews older brother Nathan, and classy three-year-old Classiesistar who was a winner in the hands of Jim Curtin at Motukarara.

by Mitchell ROBERTSON

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