John O'Shea stole the show at Bathurst on State of Origin night with five wins in the gig two of
which he also trains. John admitted to supporting Queensland but despite this he was able to
have the last laugh with his fantastic display. His first winner came in race one the Western
Advocate Three Year Old Fillies Pace when his bay filly Cuddle was able to whip around them
with a lap to travel and wrest the lead away from Abercrombie Lisa. O'Shea then rated her
home in 60.3 to defeat Abercrombie Lisa by 5 metres with Mayihaveabiscuit third a half head
away. Cuddle is building up an impressive record with four wins and four minors from only
The Shannon Springs Pace was Johns next when he was able to guide the Lester Hewitt
trained Casino Chimes to an all the way victory. The 5yo chestnut gelding has now won his
his last two at Bathurst by leading throughout. He rated 2.01 and best Stevie Wander and
Smack Dab Shannon by 9 1/2 metres. The Jack Butler trained Tutu Bene Lombo was next
and John was able to get the second row runner to the lead shortly after the start. The 3 yo
gelding set solid quarters and had the field chasing hard throughout but despite the final
quarter being the slowest of the race he was able to break their hearts early and record his
Steve Turnbull took advantage of gaining the services of John, with Amanda driving in
Melbourne on the night, and John didn't let him down with a superb drive on the 2yo filly
French Royalty. John elected to take a sit behind the leader Virgin Tooth and somehow
worked her into the clear to defeat Flip Wilson who raced one out and one back on the line by
a neck. The well supported Billy Muscat trained Itz Platinum Plus sat in the breeze after an
early move from the rear early and there were three or four hopes when they turned for home.
John book ended the program with the Kenneth Rue trained Queen Khawaja who came with
a well timed run to beat King Caractacus who tried to lead all the way.
Ashlee Siejka led all the way on Marquez and she has now trained the 3yo gelding to its sixth
win. Onajoyride tried hard racing in the death 7 1/2 metres away with Warner flashing home
for third. Kevin Rivett was confident about the chances of Blissed By Datmuch after some
nice lead up work, and his supporters were cheering when he came from near last to swamp
them on the line. Steve Turnbulls Artista Lombo got its first win since the Blayney carnival of
cups with an all the way result in The Railway Hotel Pace. The 3yo filly has been racing well
without winning of late and was impressive beating Penny Shannon and Charlottes Delight
who both raced along the pegs.
The pick six on course jackpot is creeping up to $1000 punters and all it costs to enter is the
price of a race book, so get along to Bathurst and test your tipping skills.
By Craig Easey