And just like that our countdowns were over ... Tuesday May 1st had rolled around and we had a big team of horses ready to take on the famous Warrnambool May Racing Carnival.


Instead of wind and rain, the sun shone down on the track as thousands of racegoers entered the gates for Day 1 of the three day carnival. The unusual May weather only added to our pleasure as the winners started rolling in, eventually finishing the day with a winning quartet - a brilliant way to start the carnival!


Night Falls got the ball rolling when he broke his Maiden in strong style before Big Hammer broke through for the first time this preparation with a dominant performance in the Benchmark 78 Handicap over 2350m. After pleasing us with his first two Victorian starts, Tradesman showed class to prevail by three lengths and with a winning treble already, Jaws Of Steel topped off our day when he saluted in the final event.


Following a night of celebrations in town we were quickly back at the course for Day 2 and it didn’t take long before we had a win on the board with Truly High narrowly defeating his stablemate Champagne Friday in the first race. Big Bad Baz also got his Maiden victory on the board and before we knew it the feature event of the day had rolled around, the Listed $150,000 Wangoom Handicap. We had four runners lining up with all horses running fantastic - Handsome Thief finished on top, narrowly defeating his stablemate Stellar Collision with Ozi Choice and Ulmann kicking off their campaigns in great fashion, finishing fifth and sixth and both being beaten under 2 lengths.


Lucky For All continued his great start to his Australian racing career making it back to back victories and securing our fourth win for the day - our eighth for the carnival. Under a ground saving ride from Dean Yendall he went on to salute by three-quarters of a length.


As Thursday came around, the weather had changed and, after a much needed coffee or two, we were ready to face the wind and rain and take on the final day. Thunder Cloud proved himself to be a good omen when he produced a big winning margin again and made it two from two this preparation. Exciting gelding Furrion continued his undefeated streak with yet another impressive victory in the Benchmark 70 Handicap, saluting by an easy 2.5 lengths.


Darren had won the previous four editions of the Warrnambool Cup, and  Gallic Chieftain (pictured) made history when he followed in the footsteps of Akzar, Tall Ship, Master of Arts and High Church by taking out our fifth Cup in a row - an amazing achievement on Darren’s behalf. Under a nice ride from John Allen, he peeled out deep into the straight and ran down the leaders to narrowly salute over his fast finishing stablemate Yogi. Fifty Stars capped off a magnificent three days, impressing in the final race of the carnival to remain unbeaten.


And with that the Warrnambool May Racing Carnival was all over again for another year. Thirty races stretched out over 3 consecutive days, and with a total of 12 winners - including the two feature flat races - it was another outstanding effort by Darren and all the team. A huge congratulations to everyone who enjoyed success with us!


....Now the countdown begins for the 2019 May Racing Carnival.


Photo: Racingphotos


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