Saxton leaves racing on high

PAST THE POST: Brendan Ward rides to victory on the Peter Afflick-trained Yarragee Road in race six on Friday’s tradies day. Picture: Melanie LeachLocal tradies enjoyed a very short week after Easter with a sunny day at the Sapphire Coast Turf Clubon Friday, April 1.
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Punters went home with their pockets full and bookies with their bags empty after short-priced horses dominated the day.

Jockeys of the day were Brendan Ward and Jason Devrimol, each claiming a double in the eight-race card.

Trainer of the day was Debi-Lee Saxton, who announced she is retiring from the track to focus on family issues, and then won with her last runner.

In the race one Momsen Motors maiden plate, the Matthew Dale first starter Martini Girl was too good.

Taken straight to the lead, the three-year-old Snitzel filly looked a class above ridden by Ward.

Race two was the Sapphire Hardware Mitre 10 maiden handicap.Oh So Gorgeous startedfavourite anddidn’tlet punters down withthe Garry Clarke-trained filly sprintingclear to win by eight lengths.

Devrimol claimed the first of his day’s winning ridesin race three’sWes Fleet Painting handicap over 900 metres.The speedy Joe Cleary-trainedRimu waschallengedby thefavourite for most of the race yet pulled away for a nice win.

Devrimol was again the jockey to watch in the fourth,full of confidence aboard the Barb Joseph/Paul Jones-trained Therese.

He rode a confident race camping just off the speed and coming with a strong run in the straight to win by over four lengths.

Garry Kirkup was hoping to win the first race on the day, but had to settle for second.

In the Bega Bobcats maiden handicap, he wasn’t going to let that kill his confidence as he legged Tiffany Jeffries up on Volcanic Jester.

The odds-onfavouriteloomed up briefly in the straight, but Volcanic Jester pulled away for a nice win.

The Peter Afflick-trained Yarragee Road has always promised to win a few races and Ward got the best out of the horse with a strong win in the race six, Chris Walsh and Shane Davis Electrical handicap over 1200m.

Then it was Saxton’s emotional farewell in the Plevey and Son Plumbers handicap over 1400m.The trainer saddled up She’s Back afterannouncing her retirement, with her husband Roly Saxton battling heath issues.

Shelley Walsh had the mare settled well midfield and then a strong finishing burst to win easy.

The tears flowed as she said both herfirstwinner and her last was at the Sapphire Coast Turf Club.

In the final race of the day, the twofavouriteswent straight to the front and dictated terms.

The Luke Pepper-trained Changing Notes then dashed clear in thestraightfor the apprentice Rachel Hunt.

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