Tommy rockets to win

By Jim Zealley

Echuca stables enjoyed success at Flemington and Swan Hill last weekend.

Rocket Tommy ($11) triumphed at Flemington and $61 outsider Cranky Missus won at Swan Hill.

The Gwenda Johnstone trained Rocket Tommy returned from a spell in the Ken Cox Handicap (1000m).

Winning jockey Jarrod Fry won two races at Swan Hill the previous day.

The ‘Rocket’ swept past Bullpit at the 300m and quickly established a winning lead.

Saxaphone made late ground for second but was three quarters of a length astern at the post.

Rocket Tommy had not raced since September but won two jump-outs in preparation for Saturday’s race.

‘‘He loves the straight track and there is a 1100m race here in a fortnight,’’ Mick Johnstone said.

Rocket Tommy has had four starts at Flemington for three wins.


Cranky Missus trained by Michael Cornish and Donna Gaskin won the Maiden Plate (1200m) for fillies and mares, the first of 26 races at Swan Hill’s three day meeting.

The four year-old went to the line strongly to defeat pacesetter Geegee Boom by 1 lengths with Night In Paradise third.

Michael Cornish said the mare appreciated the heavy track after jarring up on a firm surface when 13th at Mildura.

‘‘She relished the conditions and let down well,’’ apprentice Lucy Doodt said.


Swan Hill’s three $100,000 races were claimed by Warrnambool pair Don’t Doubt Maeve and Inn Keeper and Victory Downs from Naracoorte.

Don’t Doubt Maeve, a filly having her fourth start, won the Elvstroem Classic (1300m) for Matthew Williams and Jarrod Fry.

Inn Keeper made it four wins from four starts this preparation in the Golden Topaz (1200m).

Symon Wilde trains the four year-old which was ridden by Linda Meech.

Victory Downs, an $18 chance, repeated his 2017 win in the Swan Hill Cup (1600m).

He is trained by Sue Jaensch and was ridden by Cory Parish.

Darren Weir with seven winners and Nathan Hobson six were the leading trainers for the three days and Chelsea Macfarlane top jockey with five wins.


Follow – Mantastic: Three starts in France for a win and two thirds; resumed for Darren Weir with dead-heat for second at Flemington.


Coming Winners: Bea Tempted hit the line strongly for Flemington second over 2000m at her fourth start.

Goldifox improved at her third start for Moonee Valley second to unbeaten Anjana.