WARRNAMBOOL-trained mare Spirit Song has her name etched onto the 2011-2012 South Western District racehorse of the year award after she won the group 2 $200,000 Sunline Stakes (1600 metres) at Moonee Valley on a protest on Friday night.
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Spirit Song has won six of her eight starts and two second placings since she joined the stables of Aaron Purcell.

Purcell said he was surprised that the four-year-old mare had won so many races for him during this preparation.

“She’s done a great job. I thought she might win a couple of moderate races but every time I’ve lifted the bar she has performed. I only got her because she’s had leg issues,” Purcell said. “She does not see the track during the week. I only take her down to the beach. She does all her work down there. She had won a restricted fillies race in Adelaide when I got her.”

Purcell said Spirit Song was in the spelling paddock after Friday’s win.

“She deserves a break. We’ll now set her for the Myer Classic which is run on Derby Day in November at Flemington. She deserves a crack at a good race like that,” Purcell said. “We’ll run her in a couple of black type mares’ races over the spring before the Myer Classic. The more black type she earns the better for her breeding options.”

Spirit Song has won more than $400,000 in prizemoney from her 19 starts.

Wilson gets positive medical report

CAMPERDOWN-based jockey Neville Wilson has received a positive medical report from his specialist. Wilson has been out of the saddle since he suffered neck and shoulder injuries and a broken thumb after a race fall at Geelong last April. He has been back riding trackwork at Camperdown for the past few weeks.

“The specialist is pleased with the progress I’ve made since the fall. He believes I’m about where I should be at this stage,” Wilson said. “We’ll just keep on riding work and doing extra rehabilitation before deciding on my riding future.”

The veteran hoop has ridden more than 2000 winners in his career.

Beriman penalised for careless riding

PROMISING Warrnambool apprentice jockey Jackie Beriman has been outed by South Australian stewards after riding at Mount Gambier last Thursday.

Beriman, who has ridden 39 winners since she started riding in late October last year, copped a five-meeting penalty for careless riding. South Australia only races twice a week so her suspension in Victoria is for 16 days. She was allowed to ride at Terang on Saturday to fulfill her riding engagements. Beriman will be back riding on Easter Saturday after she was booked by her master Jarrod McLean to ride Youbolt at Oakbank on the first day of the two-day Easter carnival.

McLean said it was disappointing that Beriman had to serve a 16-day suspension in Victoria when the careless riding charge was in the lower range.

Meanwhile, McLean said he’s aiming his speedy gelding Waltzes at an 1100-metre race at Caulfield on April 21 after he ran second in a 955-metre sprint race at Moonee Valley on Friday night.

“Waltzes has won over 1100 metres before but that was a fair while ago. He has been running well over the shorter distance of 955 metres at his last couple of outings,” McLean said. “I’m confident the horse will run out 1100 metres now as he’s a lot stronger.”

Waltzes has amassed six wins and five minor placings from 20 starts.

Centuron to race at May carnival

TERANG trainer David “Raddish” Drever will freshen up Centuron for a race at the Warrnambool May carnival after he won a restricted race at Terang on Saturday.

Drever said Centuron had originally been trained by his former Terang neighbour, top Sydney trainer Gerald Ryan as a two-year-old and it was Ryan who gave the former star apprentice jockey a few clues on training Centuron.

“Gerald used to live across the road from us as kids. I think the horse had about three trainers after he had been with Gerald. I had a chat with Gerald and he said the horse had shown a bit of ability as a young horse,” Drever said. “We’ll just try and keep him fresh. His best efforts are in races between 1200 to 1400 metres. We would love to win a race at the Warrnambool carnival with him.”

Centuron had not won a race for more than three years when he joined Drever’s stables. The six-year-old has now won two starts for the colourful trainer.

Dennis Beriman tastes success

FORMER Seymour trainer Dennis Beriman is making every post a winner since he moved his training operation to Warrnambool a few months ago. Beriman, who trained Bundoor’s Best to win the 1992 Warrnambool Cup, has six horses in work with his stable star Clanga’s Glory winning his fourth race from six starts at Terang on Saturday.

“He’s just an honest horse. I think he’s got a big heart. I think he will run a solid mile-and-a-quarter once he matures,” Beriman said. “He’s been lightly raced. I might run him at the Hamilton Cup Carnival next month but I will not rush him. The horse will tell me when he’s ready to run again.”

Saturday’s win in the restricted race over 1600 metres takes Clanga’s Glory’s prizemoney to more than $30,000 from six starts.

May Racing Carnival launch

WARRNAMBOOL Racing Club launches its 2012 May Racing Carnival on Sunday night in the Matilda Room at the racecourse. Among the guests will be Dennis O’Keeffe who will make a presentation about his soon-to-be-released book Waltzing Matilda, the secret history of Australia’s favourite song.

Tickets can be obtained by contacting the club on 55622211.

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