East Verses West salutes

Happy connections of East Verses West (l-r) Simon Mahony, Stephen Grills and Claire Grills.

CAMPERDOWN trainer Simon Mahony had the pleasure of leading his four-year-old gelding East Verses West to the winners’ stall after taking out the 2000 metre handicap at Mortlake last Saturday.
A natural front runner, East Verses West ($9.00) was suited by the heavy conditions.
At Terang on October 24, East Verses West ran a disappointing fifth beaten 15 lengths but made a vast improvement to score easily on Saturday.
Mahony said it was the gelding’s seventh start.
“It did show me something at Ballarat back in September and led by a long way in a 2000 metre maiden at Donald in October,” he said.
Mahony added he would consider a start at Colac next week providing the gelding has pulled up okay.
Four Legs Good recorded one of the easiest wins you could ever see, when he scored a 15 length victory in the 0.72 handicap.
Starting at the good odds of ($7.00), jockey Neville Wilson eased the nine-year-old down to a near canter to score.
Four Legs Good was another winner to lead all the way.
Mortlake Racing Club officials said their Cup Day meeting was a success although crowd numbers were down on the corresponding meeting of 2009.
About 750 patrons attended, down 250 from last year.
Club manager Karen Van Kempen said the selling of pre-purchased tickets was a real bonus.
“We offered $20 admission tickets that gave purchasers an opportunity to win a $2000 cash prize and patrons jumped at the chance,” Van Kempen said.
“Racing Victoria set a springboard figure of $10,000 for clubs such as ours and it appears we have reached that barrier.
“Mortlake is not out of the woods yet with regards to our future but surely Racing Victoria will make allowances for Saturday’s weather conditions.”
Overnight and early morning rain played havoc with the track, which was rated as good prior to race one.
Two events later it had plummeted to heavy, with riders keeping their mounts close to the inside rail.
“There is a patch between the 800 metre mark to the entrance of the straight that is very heavy,” one jockey said.
Nearly all of the seven winners came from racing on the pace – it was impossible to make ground and win.

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