Bramfield stamped herself as Port Lincoln’s new queen of the track after a last-to-first win at the twilight races on Friday. The Darryl Carrison trained mare circled the field and made quality opposition look second rate in the final stages.
When balanced up and in full flight she is poetry in motion. The Shylie Williams trained Beau's My Boy and Hank’s Nephew filled the placings respectively.
Race 1 Maiden 1000m
A horror start with the odds-on favourite coming out of the barrier buck jumping. Call me Herbie ($11) had his first start for Byron Cozamanis, took the rails when it presented and scored from Leonarda and Cry Out Loud. The winner might be better suited over more ground being out of former local stayer Miss Aberdeen.
Race 2 Maiden 1210m
Bam started at $1.40 for new trainer Dennis McMahon. Settling outside the leader he proved too good for a limited bunch of locals. Wicked Kid added value by having his best race to date.
Race 3 Benchmark 72 1750m
Vintage Grove ($2.90 fav) earned a back-to-back win, appreciating the solid tempo Kenny Lau hooked him to the outside and he was strong late. Hard At At tried to fill the quinella in front of Heza Gunn who battled well given the pressure from Eye The World. Neva Doubt Us struggled home with the big weight and the ride on Eye The World was ordinary.
Race 4 Benchmark 56 1750m
Onward gave a great sight in front but Bel Streak ($11) had the good run in transit and loomed out of the chasing pack late. The Michael McLean trained gelding has four wins from eight starts at this track. Umaluka pleased given the ride and is a coming winner if he continues to race in this region.
Race 5 Benchmark 64 1000m
Nitro Magic ($8) is a different horse at the rail and can scoot around that tight home bend. She did it last start and again here. Keep following the Shylie Williams trained mare when she maps to lead in her races. Phantom Date was left flat footed on the turn but stayed on for second and the heavily backed Kingson was not disgraced.
Race 6 Benchmark 56 1210m
Mackie ($4.80) was last out of the gates but a patient and clever ride from Kenny Lau along the rails saw him with plenty of petrol late. Sheza Profit and Oblique Line were both good again and can pinch a race again soon.
Race 7 Benchmark 60 1390m
Hetuka Zarsho ($4) loves a truly ran race and got it here, the John Dunn trained gelding has a nice turn of foot and let down nicely when he got into clear running. Artful Monty made good ground from back in the field and Slide Of Hand was his usual honest self in front with the big weight.