A bright future is assured for Miss Scalini as the daughter of Magnus accomplished her stiffest test to date in grand fashion with success in the Pure Blonde Benchmark 66 Handicap at the Port Macquarie race meeting on January 8.
The Nathan Doyle trained mare was taken straight to the front by Ashley Morgan and was able to dictate terms to suit before dashing clear down the home running and staving off the finishing effort by Underboss to score by just under a length.
Wewonya made up enormous ground down the outside from the tail of the field to claim the minor prize while Havana Storm was heavily supported before finished near the rear of the field in front of Dew Drop.
Miss Scalini has now made the step from wins at Gunnedah and Port Macquarie when previously in work to victory in her current assignment after resuming from a spell with an even fifth on heavy ground at Coffs Harbour.
Victory completed a double for the Nathan Doyle and Ashley Morgan combination following Impulse Control's dominant performance to score in the opening event on the program.
Punters tended to gamble against the daughter of Exceed and Excel, but the filly was too strong for her rivals after camping behind Foxy Five for most of the journey and overpowering the leader down the home running.
There was plenty of confidence surrounding the chances of the Con Karakatsanis trained gelding, Glendor, with the son of All Too Hard coming from a fair behind his rivals before making up strong ground over the concluding stages.
The second race was conducted in driving rain as Bay of Bengal raced clear to break her maiden status in dominant fashion after a positive ride by Georgina McDonnell provided victory for prominent local trainer, Neil Godbolt.
The run of the race was provided by Muscadelle with the Newcastle trained filly making up plenty of ground over the latter sections of the event after being trapped wide while Em Em Dar's debut run from Victoria was solid.
Dylan Gibbons continues to impress as an apprentice rider and was able to dictate terms to suit on Souchong with the Todd Howlett trained mare clearing out to account for her rivals in the Benchmark 58 Handicap.
The young hoop completed a riding double when the Kris Lees trained mare, Cool Missile, defied a betting drift to salute in the final event over Honey Elysees and Innervoice.
Telfer led throughout to score in the middle-distance maiden plate while Razano was able to survive the finishing of challenge of Deel Street to land the prize in race six.
Ben Looker came with a well-timed run on the Allen Denham trained gelding, Elusive Eagle, to finish powerfully and gain the ascendency from Rioli in the Carlton Dry Handicap for the colts and geldings.
Heavy rain in the days leading up to the meeting caused a heavy track rating, but congratulations must go to Mark Prior and his track staff for providing a safe and raceable surface on the day.
The course proper featured a lush covering of grass and generally raced well with the best position being close to the pace and off the fence down the home running.
The club is greatly appreciative of the ongoing support provided by Carlton and United Breweries and look forward to their continued association as the cup carnival approaches in October.
The next meeting to be conducted at the Port circuit features the running of the $60,000 Queen of the North Handicap, one of the highlight events on the racing calendar, to be conducted on January 22.
Patrons intending to attending are encouraged to contact the Port Macquarie Race Club office for more information regarding reserved seating and access to the Livermore Stand and Clydesdale Room on 02 6581 1964 or email on firstname.lastname@example.org.
General admission tickets will be available on the day and there is no need to pre purchase with all patrons required to use the QR Code system to gain entry.
Everyone is encouraged to download the Services NSW app prior to attending to make things easier and plenty of seating is available with the undercover outdoor areas in operation together with wagering, dining and bar facilities.
The Port race track remains a COVID-19 safe venue and it is important to follow all the procedures and guidelines applicable together with abiding by all areas restricted in the days leading up to the program.
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