Sandhill Chief takes Edenhope Cup

SANDHILL Chief emerged victorious at the 2014 Edenhope Cup on Saturday afternoon.

The six-year-old gelding, trained by Sam Turner and ridden by apprentice jockey Lily Coombe, won the JH Greenhill West Wimmera Shire race by four-fifths of a length from eight-year-old gelding Loukoumi.

The Michael O'Leary-trained Bojani finished a further half-length behind Loukoumi in third.

It was Coombe's second

Wimmera cup in as many months, after claiming the Halls Gap-Grampians Cup with Spanish Vixen.

Telopea Downs trainer Daryl Dodson and Horsham hoop Holly McKechnie combined for a fourth-place finish with Bernie's Boy in the 1850-metre $15,000 feature race.

Edenhope Race Club secretary Jane Richardson said the day was a success.

"The crowd was probably a little down, but it was a pretty good crowd of about 600 people," she said.

"The weather was kind to us, unlike last year.

"It was very well supported by the community."

Richardson also said the club had received many positive comments about the track from trainers and jockeys.

Among the attractions at the seven-race meeting were live music, children's activities and a fashions on the field competition which was won by Kim Bateson.

Wimmera trainer Mick Clark combined with McKechnie for a win in race three with five-year-old gelding Let's Be Famous, while Dodson and McKechnie joined forces for second-placed finishes with Dharma Queen and Caynham in races two and three.

McKechnie also finished second in race four with Sue Murphy-trained gelding King Of The Storm, while Edenhope Race Club president and trainer Ian Boettcher scored a third-place finish with Goddess Of Fortune, as did Majella Ballentine with Kayeema Jay.

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