Paynes a highlight at Tatura

June 14, 2018

Australian jockey Michelle Payne trialed three horses at Tatura and Shepparton Racing Club last week.

Australian jockey Michelle Payne and brother Stevie Payne.

Tatura and Shepparton Racing Club struck gold last week when Australian jockey Michelle Payne and brother Stevie set their horses up to prove their worth.

The set of trials were transferred from St Arnaud to Tatura because of track complications.

Club president Mick Toll said the trials were a real asset to Tatura.

‘‘We have Darren Weir horses, David Hayes and Tom Dabernic horses here, which is fantastic,’’ he said.

Mr Toll said the trials were the next step up before the horses race.

‘‘Each horse might have two or three trials just to make sure it goes into the barrier properly and it’s to test the ability against other horses, so it’s educational,’’ he said.

The trials ran 14 races for the day including Michelle Payne riding in three races with her horses, Bullitt County, Sweet Rockette and Condover Hall.

‘‘Bullitt County is a seven-year-old gelding, Sweet Rockette is a two-year-old filly and Condover Hall is a three-year-old colt, so we wish her all the best,’’ Mr Toll said.

Mr Toll said hosting the trials was another feather in the cap for the club.

‘‘The Tatura Race Club has gone through a few trials and tribulations over the years, it’s had its ups and downs, but we’re pretty on track at the moment and we’re hoping to get another transfer through the year,’’ he said.

‘‘Having these trials builds up our credibility and the trainers are confident about the track.’’

The club will host three race meetings this year, starting with the September 22 Tatura Cup.

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