Dark horse day

INCLEMENT weather deterred all but the most ardent of punters from the Racecourse on Saturday. Those brave enough to attend were treated to a spectacle, which included a narrow victory for the Shane Evans trained Boralyn (pictured) at the juicy odds of $17. Conditions made life difficult for punters, who watched four outsiders win across the six race card. FAIR MARGIN: Lester Grace (above) took Rock Speed to a six-length victory on Saturday. Photo: Darryl Fernance.
Nanjing Night Net

CANBERRA trainer Nick Olive has to wait a little longer before he can claim promising gelding Mr Zip has come of age. Olive had high hopes for his two starters in Goulburn on Saturday.

Rain, heavy conditions and quality opposition prevented him from a notching a win. Mr Zip, despite being well supported into $5.50 by punters, ran fifth in race four, while his other chance, State Circle, showed nous to finish third in difficult circumstances.

“He’s been around the mark without winning,” Olive said of Mr Zip prior to Saturday’s race.

“He just keeps running nice races. I’m waiting for his turn. It’s long overdue.”

He’ll have to wait a little while longer. Despite the result, Olive is confident Mr Zip is capable of big things. “He’s a great track worker. I’m surprised he hasn’t won a race this preparation,” he said.

The wet conditions deterred some punters from the track, but made for an intriguing afternoon of racing. Four outsiders – two of whom paid $17 and $19 respectively – notched wins, while no trainers or jockeys succeeded in their quest for multiple victories.

The photo-finish was required from the outset, with David Pfieffer’s Amber Waves registering the narrowest of wins from the Patrick Murphy-ridden Red Stockings. A photo was required two races later, when hoop Anthony Cavallo timed his run to perfection aboard Boralyn – a $17 outsider.

The combination denied the Mark Gee trained Arianna Soul by a nose. The most surprising result of the day came in the fifth, when little fancied gelding Fluctuations, paying $19 at the Tote, took the spoils from Phoenix Miss.

Other winners included No Cash For Teddy, ridden by local jockey Richard Bensley, Matthew Dale’s Rock Speed and the Lynda Bundy-trained Moorings Royal.

Punters have just one more chance to sample the atmosphere of the 2011-12 season action at the Racecourse. The club’s season draws to a close on June 29.




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