Day At The Track

Blizzard Series highlighted Friday's card

04:26 PM 25 Jan 2014 NZDT
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Rock N Roll Xample
Rock N Roll Xample
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Its Payday Friday
Trama Unit
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Dont Flash Me
Rock N Roll Xample
Reckon Im Ready
Addison Bay
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TORONTO, January 24 - A pair of $15,000 divisions of the second round of the Blizzard Series highlighted the Friday evening programme at Woodbine.

Rock N Roll Xample and Murrayfield provided victories in their respective divisions.

In the first split, Rock N Roll Xample and Randy Waples got under the wire first in 1:56.2.

The daughter of Rocknroll Hanover laid parked on the outside at the opening quarter in :28.1, before clearing to the front and allowing post time favourite Miss Poppycock (Chris Christoforou) to brush to command in the second quarter.

Miss Poppycock would continue to lead past the half in :58 with Stonebridge Classy (Phil Hudon) parked on the outside.

Rock N Roll Xample would continue to enjoy a pocket trip through three-quarters in 1:26.3, before making her move down the stretch.

Miss Poppycock was still in command turning for home, but in deep stretch the talented mare began to drift off the rail allowing Rock N Roll Xample a clear passing lane.

Rock N Roll Xample continued her ground-saving trip and edged by her rival to win by one and three quarter lengths. My Victorino (Roger Mayotte) came from off-the-pace to finish third.

Trained by Shawn Robinson for owner/breeder Robert Hamather, Rock N Roll Xample enjoyed her third career victory and a new lifetime best. Her career earnings now sit at $16,340. She paid $10.10 to win.

After finishing second by a neck in last week's first leg of the series, even-money favourite Murrayfield and Keith Oliver went gate-to wire in 1:55.1 to take the second division.

The daughter of Jeremes Jet led through panels of :28.4, :57.4 and 1:26.2, before fending off a challenge from pocket sitter Lyonsaura (Randy Waples) to win by one and a quarter lengths. Lyonsaura finished second, with Winbak Ella (Sylvain Filion) third.

Trained by Murray Brethour for owner/breeder Dr. Huw Llewellyn, Murrayfield enjoyed her fifth career victory as her bankroll climbed to $50,860.

She paid $4.10 to win.

The Blizzard Series is for three- and four-year-old fillies and mares, who are non winners of two races or $20,000 lifetime as of November 30, 2013.

The $30,000 (added) final is scheduled for Friday, January 31.

Videos of all races are attached.

Greg Gangle - WEG Communications


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