Day At The Track

Geraldine review

09:14 AM 26 Nov 2017 NZDT
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Katie Cox after her first training win
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Katie Cox got her first win as a trainer when Mad Lu Li won her first race with Katie doing the driving. 

Mad Lu Li won narrowly by a neck but worked hard in the open for the last 1000m and it was a good effort to hold on, with the last 800m being run in 58.3 seconds.

Seaswift Joy has taken out this years running of the Geraldine Cup yesterday at the Orari racecourse. The Malcolm Shinn trained 4yo mare was given a perfect run in the trail by driver John Morrison and she sprinted too well for the opposition in the straight winning by nearly a length.

Favourite James Dean was brave in defeat after trying to lead all the way. He stuck well for second with Mongolian Hero and Blair Orange running home well for third.

Seaswift Joy (Bettor's Delight - Swift Belle) ran the 2850m stand in 3-37.6 with a final last 800m on the grass in a very quick 56.6 seconds.

Later in the day Harriet Of Mot narrowly beat Dominion Handicap place getter Monty Python in a thrilling home stretch battle, with Harriet Of Mot getting the upper hand by a head. They were 12 lengths clear of Tornado Valley in third.

The Phil Burrows trained Friend kept his unbeaten record intact when he impressively won his second race in as many starts. Diven by Gavin Smith the Changeover colt had to work hard mid-race to lead then left his rivals to it in the straight winning immpressively by more than six lengths. 

Friend paced his last 800m in a slick 57.8 with a closing 400m in 27.8 seconds.

First starter Saying Grace was also impressive winning by 5 lengths for trainers Greg and Nina Hope. After some impressive trial and workout form, Saying Grace (American Ideal - Move Heaven Andearth) was all the rage with the punters paying 1.50 to win on the tote.

Driver Ricky May had the speedy gelding in front with 900m to go and nothing got near him as he careered away for an easy win.

Seaswift Joy winning this years running of the Geraldine Cup

 

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