Racing home to a local hattrick

Emma Pritchard

Local trainer John Shelton made a winning return to his home track as the Clarence River Jockey Club (CRJC) hosted their first race meeting since the 2021 July Racing Carnival on August 16.

Shelton saddled up four runners with three of them saluting across the eight-race program.

Lightly raced four-year-old mare Tara Jasmine provided the regions premier trainer with his first winner of the day when she bolted clear in Race 2, the Feed ‘N’ Win Class 2 Handicap over 1181m, to score by 1.8 lengths.

Given a positive ride by local hoop Ben Looker, who was having his first ride on the daughter of Cowboy Blue, Tara Jasmine sat behind the early leader Savanna Jeune before charging clear in the home straight.

Tara Jasmine, who competed in the Country Championships final at Randwick earlier this year, advanced her race record to three wins and three placings from eight starts.

While Shelton’s next runner Allusive Eve finished seventh in Race 3, the Fidelity Capital Maiden Plate over 1006m, his three-year-old gelding Cabsav broke through to score his first win in Race 4, the Tabulam Cup Now 2 October Maiden Plate.

Partnered by one of Shelton’s regular riders Luke Rolls, Cabsav jumped cleanly and galloped a solid 1006m to record a dominant win, despite racing waywardly at the 200m.

Resuming from a spell, the son of Red Dazzler returned to the track a stronger horse and was well fancied in the market at 7/1.

Consistent campaigner Great Marlow saw Shelton head back to his stables with a hattrick of winners when he won the final race of the day, the Jockeys Reunion Race Day 4 September Benchmark 58 Handicap over 1610m.

His commanding victory gave regular rider Rolls a winning double.

Starting as the $2.50 race favourite, the six-year-old son of Ustinov had performed solidly at his most recent outings and repaid the punters faith in him by powering home on the Good 4 surface to win by 1.4 lengths from a game Argyle Belle.

Borlotti was a further three lengths away in third.

The CRJC will hold their next race meeting on August 30.

Photo 1: Promising three-year-old gelding Cabsav cruised past the winning post to win Race 4, the Tabulam Cup Now 2 October Maiden Plate at Grafton on August 16. He was one of three winners for local trainer John Shelton. Image: Screenshot from Racing NSW