UPDATE: Yalumba Golden Mile at Bendigo Jockey Club


KYNETON galloper Written Up has won the $150,000 First Light Racing Bendigo Guineas.

Trained by George Osborne, Written Up defeated Gracious Prospect and Mohican in a slogging finish.

Favourite Trust In a Gust finished just behind the placegetters.

"I was confident he'd run a big race, but they're so hard to win,'' Osborne said.

Winning jockey Jamie Mott said: "I'm very pleased this horse has finally won... he deserves t.

"From the first time I rode him, I've always liked him. He's a nice horse."


PETER Moody and Luke Nolen combined for their 700th career win when Fat Al scored in the Yalumba Golden Mile.

A Group One winner when trained by Gai Waterhouse in Sydney, Fat Al relished the slow track to win from Bel Thor and Bass Strait.

Heavily-backed favourite Shikarpour, owned by Lloyd Williams, never looked like being in the finish and dropped out to run last.

5.10pm:Track downgraded to slow 7. Starting times for final 3 races.   5.24, 5.54, 6.23.

5.05pm: Track inspection done and dusted. Jockeys look happy. Meeting will go ahead.

5pm: A group of six senior jockeys join stewards for track inspection.

4.55pm: Rain clearing and a track inspection is underway at the BJC.

No sign yet of horses for the Golden Mile leaving the stabling area.

4.30pm: A THUNDERSTORM has caused an indefenite delay to the Yalumba Golden Mile race meeting at the Bendigo Jockey Club.

Lightning and thunder surrounded the course giving stewards no option but to delay the meeting.

Heavy rain started to fall 20 minutes before the scheduled start of the Yalumba Golden Mile.


LEADING trainer Peter Moody and jockey Luke Nolen combined for their 699th winner when Splash Of Moet flashed down the outside to win the Daiquiri King Handicap (1100m).

Well-supported in betting, Splash of Moet ($4.40) won narrowly from Schumacher ($19), with odds-on favourite Rich Jack ($1.90) third.

Splash of Moet was having her first start for Moody, having previously been trained by Mark Minervini in Adelaide.

Bendigo mare Umgeton, trained by Brendon Hearps, travelled just behind Rich Jack in the run, but found little in the straight and finished worse than midfield.


THE John, Wayne and Michael Hawkes-trained Laohu led all the way to win the Jayco 0-90 Handicap (1300m).

Ridden by Patrick Moloney, Laohu ($3.4) crossed to the front at the start and controlled the tempo with outsider Lightenuff ($31) on his outside.

Laohu and Lightenuff kicked clear to fight out the finish, with Laohu bravely hanging on to win by a short-head.

Hosting ($.40) had little luck in the home straight and ran third.

"I wasn't confident at the 300m mark, but he gave a good kick and held on,'' Wayne Hawkes said after the win.

"The two kilogram claim helped."

It was Laohu's second win at Bendigo this campaign and his sixth career win from just 13 starts.


ADELAIDE visitor Lucky Symbol made it four wins from five career starts with an impressive first-up win in the Woodside Park Stud Handicap (1000m).

Lucky Symbol held off the fast-finishing Menage A Charge, with Smart Dart third.

"He just continues to tick the boxes this horse,'' winning jockey Dom Tourneur said.

"He's going places."

A son of Magnus, Lucky Symbol has now won just less than $100,000 in stakemoney.

Menage A Charge was the horse to follow from the race.

He settled third last in running before unleashing a strong sprint in the final furlong.


CLASSY filly Eloping took her carer prizemoney past th $300,000 mark with a stunning win in the $280,000 VOBIS Gold Rush (1000m).

Co-trainer Peter Morgan admitted his track rider had insisted that Eloping needed a spell.

With the big prizemoney on offer Morgan decided to give Eloping another run and it paid dividends.

"She's been licking her bin out every night, so I couldn't see a reason to put her out for a spell,'' Morgan said.

Eloping led all the way to win by six lengths in a time of 56.7 seconds.

Bendigo galloper Jarklin, trained by Rod Symons, charged home to finish second, with Lady Trickster third.

Symons was delighted with the performance.

"He stretched out really well at the finish,'' he said of Jarklin.

"That's the second time we've run behind Eloping and we're getting closer.

"There's a $180,000 VOBIS Gold race over 1200m at Flemington in three weeks. That will suit Jarklin better and, hopefully, Eloping won't be there."

Much-hyped colt Wildnerness was trapped three wide in the run and folded late to finish fifth.


PROMISING stayer Signoff made his rivals look second-class as he cruised to a five length win in the Stayers Final (2400m).

The Darren Weir-trained galloper won eased down by five lengths in a commanding performance.

The son of Authorized was ridden perfectly by Brad Rawiller.

He settled just off the pace before easing to the middle of the track at the top of the home straight.

Once Rawiller asked the four-year-old to extend he burst clear to win comfortably.

Signoff, raced by Gerry Ryan, has won five of its six career starts and will be set for October's Jayco Bendigo Cup.

The Clinton McDonald-trained Beliveau ran second, just in front of Mariner.


BENDIGO mare Hai Lil ran a gallant third behind Hazard in the $110,000 Gold Bracelet (1400m).

The Allen Browell-trained mare was forced to go back to last from her wide draw and wasn't helped by a slow tempo up front set by Spirit Song.

Hai Lil's hoop Michael Rodd tried to save ground on the inside before weaving a passge clear at the 200m mark.

Hai Lil flashed home, but she gave the leaders too big a start.

Spirit Song, ridden by Brad Rawiller, appeared to have the race in her keeping, before Hazrd, ridden by Stephean Baster, surged in the final 50m to win by a nose right on the post.

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