Wednesday January 9th was a great day at the office for the Epsom Lodge team, with a winner and three seconds from 6 starters.
- Angola in Race 1 started the day off in excellent fashion. Luke Currie had him cruising in the early stages of the race, then pushed him forward in the straight, keeping him going as he was crowded for room. He worked his way to the lead, only to be overtaken in the shadows of the post to be second by less than half a length. This was a great effort by the big son of Helenus. He has matured over the spring, and it appears he is right on the verge of a win.
- Altonio's win in Race 2 was his first since owners John and Marilyn Rea sent im down to Pat. He appreciated the drop in class today and Brad Rawiller made the most of every opportunity to win by the best part of a length.
- Angela's Dream has been racing with great determination but little luck in recent times. Darren Gauci has formed a strong partnership with the mare, and he gave her another great ride to finish second in race 3.
- Red Shift is the first horse that Pat has trained for OTI acing, and he had his first start for Epsom Lodge in Race 6 over 1400m. His previous form suggested that this race would be much too short to show his best, but he settled back at the rear of the field and absolutely stormed home. He finished in second place, 2 lengths behind the more fancied Dany Fox – making it a quinella for OTI.
- Karoo and Kasane were both engaged the last race of the day, over 1200m, and turned in creditable performances. Kasane finished in 5th place, and Karoo was 3 lengths behind her. Both are by Helenus, and do their best work over 1600m or more, so look for them in longer races.
All in all it was a hugely successful day!