Bramfield triumphs in thrilling finish at Ravendale

NEVA IN DOUBT: Neva Doubt Us scored a solid win in the Benchmark 72 race over 1750 meters at the Port Lincoln races on Friday.
NEVA IN DOUBT: Neva Doubt Us scored a solid win in the Benchmark 72 race over 1750 meters at the Port Lincoln races on Friday.

Neva Doubt Us relished stepping out to a preferred trip, taking out the benchmark 72 handicap over 1750 metres at the Port Lincoln races on Friday.

The Des Courtney-trained six-year-old travelled sweetly behind the speed and when pushed into the clear upon straightening he had plenty to offer under the guidance of Kayla Crowther.

Having placed in a Port Lincoln Cup he had the class edge on this field and no doubt Courtney will have the big race at the end of the season in his mind again.

Crowther was recently awarded dux of the Apprentice Academy for 2019. Her talents were also on display in the prior race where she steered Bajan to victory.

Talented mare Bramfield made it eight wins from 16 starts at Ravendale Racecourse when she toughed out a thrilling finish in race two. Todd Pannell summed up the race well on Bramfield, settling a lot closer than normal due to the lack of any genuine speed in the small field.

PHOTO FINISH: Bramfield held on to beat Lady Conquistador, Debeersonus and Stonecast in race two on Friday at the Port Lincoln races. Photo: TRSA

PHOTO FINISH: Bramfield held on to beat Lady Conquistador, Debeersonus and Stonecast in race two on Friday at the Port Lincoln races. Photo: TRSA

The Darryl Carrison-trained five-year-old will no doubt be aimed at richer spoils in the metropolitan area now.

Lady Conquistador flashed along the rails late in a pleasing return to her home track and Debeersonus was honest as usual on-speed holding on for third.

Rubys Reward showed terrific early speed in the sprint race over 1000 metres at benchmark 64 level.

With the advantage of the rails, the Julie Branford-trained five-year-old gave a nice kick on the home turn to pinch a winning break. Although getting tired on the line, she had run them off their feet.

Kiroshima added value to the exotic bets running second and Tintagel Rocker earnt another cheque over his pet trip.

Brian Lear's three-year-old Blue Granite got a well-deserved win in the opening race. John Dunn was the leading trainer on the day with wins to Chenisis and Mr Truman.

Other winners were the impressive Apollo Hope and Mirthdale, who has won his last two starts at 1390 metres.

Jockey Todd Pannell continued his great start to the season with a winning double.

The next Port Lincoln meeting is a twilight meeting on December 13. The first Ceduna race meeting is this Saturday.