St Paddy's Night Wrap Up
The luck of the Irish took over Moonee Valley Friday night, with the St Paddy's Night racing extravaganza! Green not only took over crowds at the Valley, but the track too. As fate would have it, one of the the big winners on the night was an Irish born race horse!
In the WT Partnership Handicap, Fastnet Latina, an Irish born race horse that has been trained in the US, made it three from three wins in Australia with trainer Archie Alexander. A perfect night racing win for the Irish!
Next up was the Inglis 55 Second Challenge Heat 15, with Trainer Pat Cannon's Punt Club taking the title in 56.21s, with Jockey Damien Lane donned in green. Following closely in second was Secret Blend, led by Festival of Racing Jockey to watch Ben Allen, and coming in third was Aunty Mo.
In the Foodworks Handicap, the odds-on favourite Wangaala was leading on the home stretch and looking to make trainer Danny O'Brien a very happy man. On the home stretch, Darren Weir's Bloodlette raced forward, looking to be Weir's 100th city winner. However, Blue Jangles, trained by Daryl Archard and ridden by Jockey Chris Symons, took the title.
Then it was time for the main drawcard - the William Hill Alister Clark Stakes. Luke Nolen steered Trainer David Brideoak's Hardham down the straight and to the St Paddy's night win! Coming in second was Ciaron Maher's Ruthven and third was Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott's Fearson.
All in all, a night of fantastic racing with an Irish twist took over the Valley during St Paddy's Night. With only one more week left of the brilliant Festival of Racing, we'll see you at William Reid at the Valley next Friday.