Eric Musgrove claims trifecta in Murray Bridge steeple   Leave a comment

Eric Musgrove claims trifecta in Murray Bridge steeple

Rabbuka in full flight for jockey Steven Pateman over the last fence at Murray Bridge. Pi

Rabbuka, in full flight for jockey Steven Pateman, clears the last fence at Murray Bridge. Picture: Atkins PhotographySource: Supplied

IT was only one obstacle but it was the one that mattered in the Max Kluske Memorial Steeple at Murray Bridge today.

Victorian raider and race roughie Een Leven looked to have the race in his keeping before making a mess of the final jump, paving the way for Steven Pateman and Rabbuka to snatch an unlikely victory.

Rabbuka’s win continued a successful season for one of Australian jumps racing’s biggest names, trainer Eric Musgrove, with his star chaser Thubiaan unbeaten over the steeples in three features — the Von Doussa Steeplechase at Oakbank, the Brierly Steeple at Warrnambool and last weekend’s Australian Steeple at Ballarat.

It was a patient ride by the best in the business Steven Pateman, who put Rabbuka to sleep out the back through the early and middle stages of the race before he gained an inside run to run down stablemates Trenchtown and Singersongwriter to give the stable the trifecta.

Shiny Matters and Paul Hamblin (right) in pursuit of Resetable (Martin Kelly) at Murray B

Shiny Matters and Paul Hamblin (right) in pursuit of Resetable (Martin Kelly) at Murray Bridge. Picture: Atkins Photography Source: Supplied

Meanwhile, South East jumper Shiny Manners denied odds-on favourite Baklava Boy consecutive jumps victories with a fast-finishing victory in the Sambec Sheds Hurdle.

Despite appearing to have the race in his keeping and a riding double in the bag for Pateman, Shiny Matters produced a brilliant finishing burst to nail his rival in the shadows of the winning post.

Leading jockey Jason Holder and apprentice Siggy Carr shared honours for the day, with both claiming a winning double.

It continues a great recent run of success for Holder, who also rode three winners at Morphettville on Saturday. He’s now second on the Adelaide jockeys’ premiership, 12 wins adrift of runaway leader Clare Lindop.

Originally published as Musgrove trifecta in Murray Bridge steeple

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Posted June 9, 2015 by belesprit09 in Uncategorized

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