Easy Come races away for Isabella Rabjones. Photo: Nev Madsen
Easy Come races away for Isabella Rabjones. Photo: Nev Madsen

Win as Easy as they Come for Sears’

RACING: Wins don’t come much easier to start a Saturday evening of racing at Clifford Park.

Easy Come ($1.90) justified his favourite tag in the TAB Class 2 Handicap (1000m), for co-trainers Tony and Maddysen Sears.

Under the urgings of apprentice Isabella Rabjones, the four-year-old was able to get to the front, racing alongside main rival Hautclere ($2.90).

The pair came to the turn with a sizeable lead on the rest of the field, where Easy Come kicked into overdrive, booting away to score by 4 lengths to Hautclere, with Diggity ($11) a further 2 ½ lengths back in third.

Maddysen said sound judgment from Rabjones, coupled with a strong turn of foot, helped the gelding pick up his second career win in style.

“When Hautclere came up on the outside, Isabella made a good judgment to not get into a speed battle,” Sears said.

“They were able to settle in front and then kicked away.

“At his last start he was pretty unlucky. Jet A One, another of ours, came back on top of him and he did a lot wrong.

“On Saturday he did everything right and the race suited him perfectly.

“We’ve always had a high opinion of him and he looks like one of our better horses.

“He’s still quite young in mind and might take a bit more time, but we think he has the potential to win a Saturday race.”

Octavian ($3.30) continued on his winning way, making it back-to-back wins after blowing his rivals out of the water in the Neil Mansell Concrete Class 5 Handicap (1640m).

The Lindsay Hatch-trained gelding sat outside the leader Shadow Vision ($21), before Alex Patis went for home approaching the bend, racing away to score by 5 ¾ lengths.

Just as the night looked set to conclude without incident, a wild sequence of events led to a drama-packed final race of the card.

As the field was almost set to jump in the Weston Kitchens Maiden Handicap (1870m), the Diane Murphy-trained Ethereum got under the barriers and galloped a considerable distance, forcing his late scratching.

The Clerk of the Course was also dislodged from their mount, resulting in transport to hospital for a leg injury.

Once the race finally got underway favourite Weka Pass ($2.35), also trained by Murphy, began to buck not long after the start and forcing the gelding to take no competitive part and severely hampering Notoriety ($12).

Towards the front of the field, Effexx ($4) took the length of the Clifford Park straight, but eventually ran down leader Lunafreya ($4) by a long head, with Notoriety finishing a luckless third, just 1 ½ lengths behind the winner.

# MATT Kropp took out the main event of the five-race program at Chinchilla, with Splitz saluting in the Open Handicap (1200m).

Despite being lumped with 62.5kg, the six-year-old scored a ½ length victory from Red Devil.

David Reynolds and jockey Leeanne McCoy took honours for the day, with the pair combining for a double with Queenofmainstreet and Crafty Aquila.

RACE RESULTS

CLIFFORD PARK

Track: Soft 5

Rail: +2.5m entire

1. CLASS 2 HANDICAP, 1000m: 1.90 fav EASY COME (b g 4y Easy Rocking-Sequillian. Trainer: Tony and Maddysen Sears) 58 carr 55 (Isabella Rabjones) 1, 2.90 HAUTCLERE 59 (Nozi Tomizawa) 2, 11.00 DIGGITY 57 (Jason Missen) 3. Then followed: 51.00 Trembling, 13.00 East Esplanade, 15.00 Zanazou, 61.00 Favor Of Gof, 18.00 Malakai last. Scr: El Prados, He’s Not Focused. 4 len, 2 ½ len. Time: 1:00.46 (Last 600m 35.30).

2. BENCHMARK 62 HANDICAP, 1200m: 14.00 HEAVENLY ARCHER (b g 6y Golden Archer-Heavenly Belle. Trainer: Bruce Bowen) 56 (Adam Sewell) 1, 8.50 WAIT A MINUTE 59.5 (Les Tilley) 2, 4.60 DANCING ANGEL 60 carr 57 (Minonette Kennedy) 3. Then followed: 2.40 fav Royalist, 17.00 Sir Bam, 16.00 Drusilla, 15.00 Wiccan Rede, 7.50 By By Music, 26.00 Angel Lass last. Scr: Rideonabigjetplane, Okanagan Miss. Sh ½ hd, 1 ¼ len. Time: 1:14.75 (Last 600m 37.54).

3. BENCHMARK 52 HANDICAP, 1870m: 4.60 ULTIMATE POWER (b g 5y Lope De Vega (IRE)-Zedi Power. Trainer: Kieran Kirwin) 61 (Jason Lyon) 1, 3.90 STRYKING EMERALD 60.5 (Rebecca Goldbsury) 2, 11.00 GET OUTA UTAH 55.5 (Kenji Yoshida) 3. Then followed: 2.80 fav Perfect Page, 13.00 Princely Sum, 21.00 Ethanol Girl, 21.00 Complete Trust, 19.00 Monte Santo, 21.00 Howitzer last. Scr: Rising King, Red Poet, Brumby Jack. 2 ¼ len, sh ½ hd. Time: 1:59.61 (Last 600m 40.67).

4. QTIS 3YO MAIDEN PLATE, 1100m: 4.40 DOCTOR COSTELLO (b c 3y Sizzling-Heart Scent. Trainer: Michael Nolan) 57 (Les Tilley) 1, 9.50 RUNARD REDNUT 57 (Rebecca Goldsbury) 2, 21.00 SONIC ARROW 55 carr 52.5 (Isabella Rabjones) 3. Then followed: 17.00 Exposed Secret, 2.50 fav Mishani Mortal, 19.00 Why Not Me, 20.00 Crown Law, 4.80 Spirit Blue, 41.00 Busted Kusted, 71.00 Sizzlelover, 41.00 No Treble last. Scr: Mishani Appeal, Millchester, Struman, Wild. ½ len, 1 ½ len. Time: 1:09.03 (Last 600m 37.30).

5. MAIDEN HANDICAP, 1200m: 5.50 POINT THE WAGON (b g 4y Show A Heart-Saclaye. Trainer: Vic Heading) 54 (Girish Goomany) 1, 9.00 LITTLE NATURAL 54 (Brooke Ainsworth) 2, 31.00 MOTION SENSOR 57.5 (Rebecca Goldsbury) 3. Then followed: 11.00 Groovy Cat, 13.00 The Grouse, 7.00 Marcoola, 3.10 fav Just Rafferty, 31.00 Yankee Sang, 5.00 Ambiguous, 81.00 Seibhur last. Scr: Aussie Mythology. 7 ¾ len, lg nk. Time: 1:14.96 (Last 600m 37.64).

6. CLASS 5 HANDICAP, 1640m: 3.30 OCTAVIAN (ch g 4y Olympic Glory (IRE)-Change Of Class. Trainer: Lindsay Hatch) 54.5 carr 52.5 (Alex Patis) 1, 5.50 SMOKEY DIAMOND 59 carr 56 (Minonette Kennedy) 2, 2.50 fav LOUIE LA’JOY 54.5 (Nathan Fazackerley) 3. Then followed: 31.00 Brumby Jack, 21.00 Shadow Vision, 4.80 fav Don’t Doubt Lara last. All started. 5 ¾ len, 2 len. Time: 1:41.23 (Last 600m 38.28).

7. MAIDEN HANDICAP, 1870m: 4.00 EFFEXX (b g 4y Bradbury’s Luck-Little Beautiful. Trainer: Matt Kropp) 58 (Les Tilley) 1, 4.00 LUNAFREYA 54 (Rebecca Goldsbury) 2, 12.00 NOTORIETY 54 (Elyce Smith) 3. Then followed: 6.50 Shierro, 26.00 Suzy Needs Lovin’, 2.35 fav Weka Pass (NZ) last. Scr: Tycoon McKinney, Ethereum. ½ hd, 1 ¼ len. Time: 2:01.82 (Last 600m 38.46).

CHINCHILLA
Track: Good 4

Rail: True

1. BENCHMARK 60 HANDICAP, 1030m: ESKDALE GIRL (ch m 5y Turffontein-Blessed Anna. Trainer: Ducky Baker) 58.5 carr 54.5 (Ty Wheeler) 1, ESSAKA 57.5 (Stephanie Lacy) 2, MAC’S BOY 61 (Kenji Yoshida) 3. Sh ½ hd, sh hd. Time: 59.13.

2. MAIDEN PLATE, 1200m: QUEENOFMAINSTREET (b m 4y Love Conquers All-Golden Flute. Trainer: David Reynolds) 56.5 (Leeanne McCoy) 1, WILD 54 carr 50 (Ty Wheeler) 2, DIRTYLITTLESECRET 58.5 carr 54.5 (Rebecca Wilson) 3. 1 ½ len, 2 ½ len. Time: 1:10.09.

3. BENCHMARK 55 HANDICAP, 1200m: CRAFTY AQUILA (b m 7y Helmet-I’m A Chance. Trainer; David Reynolds) 59 (Leeanne McCoy) 1, MAGIC MYSTERY (NZ) 58 carr 56 (Tessa Townsend) 2, HEEBEE RIGHT MATE 56.5 (Jason Missen) 3. Lg nk, 1 ½ len. Time: 1:10.26.

4. OPEN HANDICAP, 1200m: SPLITZ (ch g 6y Sepoy-Snow Blitz. Trainer: Matt Kropp) 62.5 (Paul Hamblin) 1, RED DEVIL 55 (Leeanne McCoy) 2, KIEVANN 61 (Lauren Abbott) 3. ½ len, ¾ len. Time: 1:09.08.

5. CLASS B HANDICAP, 1400m: MAHUSSEY (br m 5y Mahisara-Port Of Africa. Trainer: Troy Pacoe) 59 carr 57 (Tessa Townsend) 1, AKLAVIK 55 carr 51 (Rebecca Wilson) 2, DIVINE MISS BOOM 57.5 carr 53.5 (Ty Wheeler) 3. 2 ¾ len, 1 ½ len. Time: 1:23.80.