Steve Beattie’s Spinning Dawn is looking more and more comfortable on the Towac Park racetrack, taking out the win in the Give Me 5 For Kids trophy on Saturday.
The six-year-old Bay Gelding took out the $4,000 cup by more than two lengths, ahead of George Wright’s Cyclone Andy and Debbie Prest’s Damysus.
Spinning Dawn has now placed three times in runs in Orange, taking third his first race in 2014, he placed fourth of November 24 over 1300 metres and then placed third on December 30 over 1000.
He did place last over the longer distance of 1600 metres on December 5 but he has stepped up his game to score career win number four on Saturday.
Coming in at a flat $3.00 behind only Hurricane Andy at $2.50, Spinning Dawn proved he’s become adept at the 1300m distance.
Rain fell during the morning, and it wasn’t until just before the first race at 1.40 that it stopped, leaving the field soft.
It’s not like the soft track did him many favours, either, Hurricane Andy running with 4 places from 12 starts on soft decks compared to Dawn’s one from four.
The day’s opening event, a $2500 Maiden Plate over 1000 metres was won by Sun Burn just 0.18 of a length ahead of Grand Expedition, with Frank Hayes’ Portraits in third.
The four horse race saw Spinning Dawn’s jockey Ricky Blewitt come fourth on Special Strike.
However, Blewitt turned it around in the second race atop Run the Red, coming in first place just under a length ahead of Dublin Dan.
Run the Red was the $2.50 favourite to win the 1000 metre race, but Andrew Molloy’s All Rounder managed to make third place despite starting at $10.
Orange trainer Mick Plummer’s Captain Byblos ran last in the field of six in his fourth run since a spell of 72 weeks.
Rise Me Up took out the Steeline Maiden Plate (1280m) ahead of One Eye Watching and Cranfield, with the race favourite Teragaze finishing 22 lengths behind the winner with complications.
Everywhere man Ricky Blewitt was due to sit Unkapped in the fourth race, the Orange Vet Hospital class B handicap, but was scratched.
Luke Pepper’s The Revenant was the strong favourite at $1.70, and while it was tight on the finish line with Supreme Line less than half a length behind at the end of the 1280 metre run.
Race six was the day’s longest over 1600 metres, and was taken out by Debbie Priest’s Love ‘N’ Desire, which at $4.00 was behind Tumbleweed at $3.00 and Big Colton at $1.80.
Tumbleweed finished in second and Big Colton in third, with Anglebury rounding at the field in fourth.