Three from five
Monday, 11th January, 2016
By Michael Murphy
Reigning driver-of-the-year Cassie Robinson pulled off a rare treble at the Rocky Baker Memorial Paceway on Saturday night, after a protest was upheld in the last race.
Cassie had already bagged a double for the night heading into race five, and looked set to make it three when she called on Alpha Jet to make a move down the home straight.
Ray Slater was leading the way aboard Clever Thinker, and it pushed out wide as Alpha Jet mounted the challenge.
“His horse just ran off the track a tiny bit,” Cassie said yesterday.
“There wasn’t that much in it, but the owner was thought it was worth a protest.”
Clever Thinker hit the line by a nose in front of Alpha Jet, and after a 15-minute review of the race by stewards, Alpha Jet was declared the winner.
Global River (Mark Pelvin) came in third, while Onya Kate (Frank Stacey) was fourth.
Cassie Robinson opened up her account with the first race of the night, steering Misperception home in front of the John Garnaut-driven Giggling Goldie, which started in the second row.
It was Misperception’s third win from 25 starts, the five-year-old’s first win since February last year.
The bay filly also clocked its best ever winning milerate of 2.04.9.
Third place went to Rattlenhum (Mark Pelvin) and Left for Ron (Ashleigh Camilleri) came in fourth.
The second race belonged to the favourite, Shez From Heaven. Driver Ray Slater scored his first of the night on the bay filly, comfortably winning from Circle Line with Rob Wayman in the seat.
Six-year-old Shez from Heaven recovered from an unlucky seventh place last week to hit the finish line for her fifth lifetime win from 22 starts.
Aurora Forte (Cassie Robinson) came third and Majestic Art (Kasey Hocking) was fourth. The milerate was 2.03.5.
Anthony Adams powered out of the start of race three, and shot out to lead early aboard Double Standard.
Eye Carly (Kasey Hocking) gradually reined in the bay gelding on the home straight, but Double Standard found a little bit extra in the tank and took line honours.
Bronze Destiny (Matt Schembri) was third and Cityscape (Ashleigh Camilleri) came in fourth.
Cassie Robinson notched up her second win for the night in race four with Riverboat Girl.
The five-year-old bay filly was able to take it up a notch after a second to Circle Line the week before.
Riverboat Girl won by a length over Artois Stone, which John Garnaut drove home from the second row.
Make Mine Lucky (Ray Slater) came in third while Loa Aloha (Mark Pelvin) was fourth.
It was only the second win from 33 starts for Riverboat Girl, who has picked up second place on ten occasions.
Riverboat Girl is trained by Cassie Robinson’s sister, Stevie.
“She absolutely adores the horse ... loves it,” Cassie said yesterday.
Cassie said driving three winners on the night was a pleasant surprise.
She was confident that Misperception would win, but thought she would only gain placings with the others.
She was quick to credit trainer Don Pimm, who is the city’s reigning trainer of the year, and also picked up the three winners on the night.
“It helps when you have nice horses in the stable and when you have got Don training them,” Cassie said.
“You know when you are on Don’s horses they are going to be competitive for you.”