Epic Dan Flies Home At Port Macquarie

A phenomenal burst of speed carried Epic Dan to a narrow victory in the June Sprint at Port Macquarie on June 26.

Epic Dan Flies Home At Port Macquarie

A phenomenal burst of speed carried Epic Dan to a narrow victory in the June Sprint at Port Macquarie on June 26.

Epic Dan was positioned in the second half of the field for the majority of the journey before his rider Matthew McGuren took him to the extreme outside to mow down Dreamalina with Wewonya holding on for third place.

Following consistent placings on the country circuit Epic Dan rewarded the Allan Kehoe stable with the feature sprint prize with the victory capping a strong day of riding for McGuren following his earlier success aboard Chantilly Chateau.

The Neil Godbolt trained mare Dreamalina, had won the Wauchope Sprint two weeks ago and looked the winner until a stride before the line.

Nic’s Vendetta was the heavily supported favourite and ran an even fifth after being caught wide.

The other close finish on the program was in the BM 56 Handicap with My Little Racer flashing down the outside to score by a nose from Flick Pass.

The win showcased the riding ability of promising former South Australian apprentice Brandon Griffiths, who placed My Little Racer patiently near the rear of the field before making his move down the side of the track and hooking to the outside in the straight.

The most impressive performance came from the Zizou filly Tootz, who displayed an outstanding burst of speed for a comprehensive victory.

It was her third win with four placings from eight lifetime appearances and continued the great run of success for Newcastle trainer Benjamin Smith and jockey Chad Lever.

Gosford trainer Luke Hilton has a wonderful strike rate with new acquisitions and this continued when Master Magic Al broke his maiden status,

The Magic Albert gelding was transferred to Hilton from the Liam Birchley stable in Brisbane and made light work of African Guy and Dogoda Fury after being heavily backed.

Hawkesbury’s Bronwyn Mackie brought off a splendid training performance at Port Macquarie, keeping her pocket dynamo My Little Racer’s unbeaten record intact in the process.

Despite not having raced since her debut success at Taree on April 7 in a 1000m maiden, Mackie had My Little Racer primed to make it two from two with a spirited display in the Benchmark 56 Handicap (1008m), stamping herself as an above average filly.

Mackie has every reason to be proud of her “girl”, whom she bred by mating her mare Zaracer (who easily won a Canberra Maiden in 2011 and also notched five minor placings before being retired) with Eavesdropper.

Because of My Little Racer’s small stature, she has taken her time with the filly and did not push her as a two-year-old.

“I gave her a little break after she won first up at Taree,” Mackie said. “She does everything right and is an absolute professional.”

Mackie also was effusive about her “fabulous team”, which includes Brandon Griffiths and his partner, fellow apprentice Chelsea Ings.

“Chelsea rode My Little Racer in her work leading up to her Taree win, and unfortunately is injured at present, so Brandon has stepped in,” she said.

This was Griffiths’ second win since relocating to NSW and relaunching his career last month. He looks certain to attract more opportunities in the coming months.

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