THIS year’s Grand Annual Steeplechase will be restricted to a field of 12 runners and four emergencies, but other jumps races hosted by the Warrnambool Racing Club may be divided as jumping horse numbers have increased.
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Club chief executive John Green said more jumps horses were in work now compared to the past two years.

“There’s been a big influx of horses being trained for jumps races and we’re confident that those numbers will increase over the next few months,” Green said. “We can’t divide the Grand Annual, but a race like the Brierly Steeplechase may have a consolation race if we have a big number of entries.”

The Grand Annual Steeplechase had eight runners last year but Green believes due to the increase of stake money to $250,000, this year’s race may have a capacity field.

“We’re offering a lot of money in the Grand Annual. The prizemoney for the Grand Annual has had a massive lift but we can’t run any more than 12 horses in the race,” he said.

Racing Victoria Limited (RVL) put in a policy of only 12 runners plus four emergencies in jumps races two years ago, but Green said RVL might have to review the policy.

“It’s going to be interesting to see how many horses are entered for jumps races and what RVL might do if there are big numbers,” he said. “They might have to revisit their decision.”

No big plans for Final Finale

POPULAR Warrnambool trainer Maureen Harry has no big plans for her five-year-old mare Final Finale after she won her maiden in a 900-metre race at Mount Gambier last Thursday.

Harry said the mare had been consistent during her career.

“I think she’s earned a cheque at six of her last seven runs,” Harry said. “I trained Final Finale’s mother Tolka Queen. She was also honest but had joint problems in her legs. I won four races with her. We’ll just take Final Finale along quietly. I’ll just stick to races around 1000 metres with her.”

Lady Rock looks to Bendigo

TINY Colac trained mare Lady Rock will be aimed at the $90,000 Bendigo Gold Bracelet over 1400 metres on March 17 after she scored a gutsy win in a showcase race over 1200 metres at Colac on Sunday. Lady Rock’s trainer Daryl Cannon said the six-year-old mare deserved a crack at the $90,000 race.

“She’s just a great little mare. She gives 100 per cent each time she runs,” Cannon said. “I reckon jockey error has cost her a few wins during this campaign. Those errors have cost us about $60,000 in prizemoney.

“You’ve just got to grin and bear it when things go wrong in a race.”

Mr Obvious wins maiden at Colac

WARRNAMBOOL trainer Matthew Williams predicts Mr Obvious will run through his classes after he won a maiden over 1000 metres at Colac on Sunday.

Mr Obvious was formerly trained by Katrina Harnett but when she and her husband, former jumps jockey Willy, decided to move back to New Zealand, they sent the horse to Williams. “I had seen this horse at the trials before he raced. He just impressed me. His two runs before joining my stable were good. I’m confident that he will go through his classes,” Williams said.

“His win was good. We’ll run him in a 1200-metre race next time before looking at a 1400-metre race with him.”

Western District trainers scoop the pool,

WESTERN District trainers scooped the pool at the Mount Gambier race meeting last Thursday.

Warrnambool trainer Maureen Harry scored in the opening race with Final Finale and Hamilton trainers Barbara Marshman, Tony Laidlaw and Allan Clark won the last three races between them. Marshman won with Glenisia Crossing. Laidlaw was successful with Broms Express and Clark notched up a win with Oomoo Chance.


MARK KAVANAGH: was not a major player in Melbourne on Saturday but his stable had a big day in Adelaide, coming away from the city of churches with three winners. Kavanagh’s stable has developed into one of the strongest in Australia.

NO LOOKING BACK: big run in the Blue Diamond. No Looking Back is trained by Gai Waterhouse. She will now set the horse for the Golden Slipper and will be hard to beat.

MICK PRICE: brilliant trainer. Price has the knack of putting his horses in races they can win. Always include his horses in your multiple bets.

LUCAS CRANACH: super effort to win the Peter Young Stakes on Saturday. He looks to be a talented galloper which will be hard to beat.

NIWOT: resumed with an impressive run to finish fifth behind King Mufhasa in the Futurity Stakes. Promising galloper which looks destined to win a nice race in the autumn.

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