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Winning form for Allen

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August 12, 2017

Versatile jockey John Allen followed his Grand National Hurdle win on Sunday with victory aboard Echuca mare She’s Just Lika at Swan Hill on Monday.

The Gwenda Johnstone trained six year-old ($8) won the Benchmark 58 Handicap (1200m) by 4 lengths from Kumo with Soldier’s Image third.

The track was rated heavy-10 and most jockeys travelled wide seeking better going throughout the 10-race program.

John Allen said he was happy to defy the pattern.

‘‘The inside section was as good as anywhere and it suited the mare who has a tendency to lay in,’’ the champion rider said.

She’s Just Lika won the same race at Swan Hill 12 months ago.

Her 15 starts have yielded three wins and three placings.

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Darren Weir and Damian Lane joined forces for a winning double.

They scored with Sebfire and Secret Prophet.

Sebfire ($1.22 fav) was impressive in the Maiden Plate (975m) defeating St Paul’s Bay by 1 lengths.

The colt finished second at Bendigo in February at his only previous start.

Terry and Karina O’Sullivan and jockey Jack Hill also had dual success.

Regina Del Nilo ($12) won the Maiden Three Year-Old (1200m) and first starter Enyo ($11) had a four-length margin in the Maiden Plate (1200m).

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A well judged ride by Jason Benbow enabled the Eric Musgrove trained Onya Keithy ($9.50) to win the Winter Stayers’ Final (2105m).

The jockey had been sidelined for six weeks after breaking a rib.

The favourite Ubin Thunderstruck was set a huge task, near last entering the straight and did remarkably well to finish fourth.

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Horsham mare Rain Fast ($3.40) at her 106th start edged out another eight year-old Make Mine Brady ($4.40) in the Benchmark 58 (1200m).

The margin was a half neck with five lengths to third Mr Magpie.

Make Mine Barandy’s trainer Rhys Archard had better fortune at Warracknabeal on Friday, winning the Benchmark 58 (2000m) with Undercover Poet ($10).

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Follow - Chateau Griffo: Spelled after third in Blue Diamond Prelude at her first start; resumed with Flemington third over 1000m and will be suited at 1200m and further.

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Coming winners: Runaway was second to unbeaten D’Argento at Rosehill at his third start.

Vaucluse Bay’s decisive win at Rosehill was a pointer to more success.

Confluence is nearing his first win after second placings at Echuca, Bendigo and Caulfield.

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