Raiders dominate Breeders’ Challenge semis

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    IGNATIUS - Photo Stacey Lear

    RAIDERS dominated last night’s Alabar Breeders’ Challenge semi-finals at Tabcorp Park Menangle.

    Interstaters captured four of the six semis, with the sponsor’s stallions also figuring prominently.

    Alabar’s boys sired five winners, with Rock N Roll Heaven making a clean sweep of the four-year-old mares’ division.

    Victorians led the way with three winners, while Tasmania also chimed in with a triumph.

    Glen Craven kick-started proceedings when Jilliby Galwaygirl continued her impressive form by leading throughout in 1:56.1 over the mile.

    Boasting two wins and two seconds from four starts, the daughter of Roll With Joe scored from Art Series and Sounds Of Terror.

    Emma Stewart’s boom two-year-old Molly Kelly captured the second qualifier, beating Redbank Addi and Tassini in 1:54.8.

    Stewart was also successful with Heavens Trend, which secured the two-year-old Final in 2015 before finishing third last season.

    Driven by Gavin Lang, Heavens Trend was never seriously challenged on her way to a 15-and-a-half metre win from Settledin, with Hot Shot Woman a metre away third.

    Heavens Trend stopped the clock in 1:52.6, with her time two-and-a-half seconds quicker than Eye See Diamonds in the second semi.

    Prepared in New South Wales by Amanda Turnbull, Eye See Diamonds led throughout to account for Gracie Taljuice and Ima Mystery Girl.

    Turnbull also drove the other local winner, Captain Cosmonaut, for trainer Chris Frisby, with the son of Sportswriter winning in 1:53.7.

    Rounding out the qualifiers was exciting Tasmanian freshman Ignatius, which won in 1:52.6.

    Trained by Todd Rattray and driven by his brother, James, Ignatius upstaged short-priced favourite Sicario and Squire.

    Also by Roll With Joe, the gelding boasts four wins and a third from five starts.

    • PAUL COURTS

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