‘Rawlings’ love for the Bridge reaffirmed Written by: Lachlan Mill & Tara Rasmussen
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Race 1 and a fascinating maiden kicked us off last Thursday, with a well supported first starter from the Rasmussen team in Canya Razor starting favourite. The rank outsider and interestingly named Lana Roads led the field before Canya Razor outpaced her midrace. Lana Roads didn’t give up though, coming back at Canya Razor and claiming a super impressive win in 22.33. This bitch has improved exponentially each start so it will be interesting to see how she goes in the near future. Race 2 saw trainer Rosalyn Hume come to the Bridge for a rare trip with her very promising dog Phase. After some fast runs in Victoria, I suspect this was a little road trip for her dog to give him some experience. It was a dominant affair as Phase led from start to finish, reeling off a hot 4.94-21.97 run. Race 3 and a relatively even grade 6 over the 530m, with the promising Right Way starting favourite. Right Way led from box 1 and with a bit of jamming behind, was able to pinch a break. Galway Express showed a great turn of foot mid race to get behind Right Way and put in a faint challenge, but Right Way was far too good, winning in 30.23. Race 4 was another dominant affair with Agent Hamish starting a clear favourite after a minor indiscretion at Gawler. The black dog showed just how good is his, reeling off a super fast 11.71-29.50 run and smashing the track record! A terrific run and exciting future for him.

Race 5 was a very interesting 4/5 over the 530m, with Alfieri starting a well supported favourite. The in form Boombox Robbie led from box 1, with Finiss Reign behind him. It was a terrific battle and the field was coming at Boombox Robbie late, before Sir Truculent stormed over the top of them and claimed a terrific win in 29.88. Race 6 was our feature for the night, the Bayroad Queen Stayers Cup and it brought together a terrific field. Punters were not sure where to look with no clear favourite in the race. Barbados Express was able to lead with Shanlyn Charlott getting quickly behind her. Barbados Express showed the field a clean set down the back and never really looked like getting beaten, landing the win in a quick 39.03. Race 7 and a quality 3/4/5 over the 395m trip. The mighty consistent Victa Caleb led the hot field in 5.01 and was able to put a few lengths on the rest down the back. He was looking good until they turned for home and All Show came jumping out of the ground, putting in a huge surge late. He just missed however and Victa Caleb landed a very deserved win for himself and trainer Ron Schadow. Race 8 was a very strong grade 5 over the 455m. Starting a warm favourite, the in form Allinga Road led the field in 7.96 with Blue Tick Fern just behind him. He was going strong until the home straight when Blue Tick Fern started to take ground off him. It was getting close to the finish and Runaway Lad started to make a strong move, but Allinga Road just held on for a 25.51 win.

Race 9 changed complexion with the late scratching of the hot favourite Occipital Eyes. Deadly Mamba was then promoted to an odds on favourite. Agronomous was able to lead the field in a 8.10 early split. He really dropped the field mid race and put up a nice gap with the favourite back in the field. Agronomous landed an easy win with Deadly Mamba and Porridge Box making late ground. Race 10 was a grade 6 over the 455m and Straight Blaze started a strong favourite. Black Panda was a surprise leader and led comfortably, which was certainly a surprise to most. He led by a couple lengths turning for home with Frodo Baggins and Straight Blaze behind him, however both of these dogs got very wide. Black Panda looked home 50m out but an amazing late push from Straight Blaze saw him land a terrific 25.55 win. He is certainly one of the most in form dogs going around Murray Bridge at the moment. The lucky last for the night and Running Gear was the only dog that punters wanted in the grade 6 over 395m. It was a painless watch for favourite punters as he reeled off a very neat victory in 22.24, making the drive home for trainer Damien Bates a nice one.

Dog to follow: Porridge Box - First up for 6 weeks, his run last Thursday was very impressive. His trainer has an opinion of him and it is becoming evident why. He absolutely crawled out of the boxes going 8.40 early which is as slow as they go, but ran a really nice race to only get beat by 2 lengths, running 25.82 himself. He showed some really nice chase mid race to get underneath some dogs, which he needs to do when he is so slow early. I have no doubt he will be over the 530m trip shortly and that should really suit him.

Wednesday Best Bet - (Uprise, Race 4 Box #8)
Probably one of the best roughies you will back all week. He is a dog that has always had ability but went off the boil a bit whilst he was grappling a couple of injury issues. Resumes for a new kennel and putting a bit of faith in his trainer Ashlee Griffiths to have him right but I am sure he will be ready to go. The kennel has been pulling off plunges left right and centre lately so they know what they are doing. Box 8 is no worries for him and he goes alright up the straight. If there's any money for him I would be getting on the Uprise train and riding it the whole way home.

Pic: Barbados Express after claiming the Bayroad Queen Stayers
Credit Kurt Donsberg Photography