A split decision

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USUALLY at a North West race meet there’s at least one jockey or trainer who dominates on the track.
Nanjing Night Net

But at the Cloncurry Derby Day on Saturday the race victories were fairly spread even.

The Tanya Parry trained Honey Cat won the first race of the day; the1000 metre 0-45 Handicap.

RACING ACTION: Danny Ballard on Chasing the Dragon seals first place ahead of Smooth Element takes in the Gary Cannon Memorial. Photo: Samantha Walton.

Jockey Terrence Hill rode Honey Cat one length ahead of second placer Tuning.

No official time was shown on the Racing Australia website on Monday morning.

The winner’s starting price was $7. The favourite was third placer Star of Isaac.

The next race of the day was the 1000 metre BenchMark 60 Handicap, which waswon by the Jay Morris trained Wilker.

The bookie’s favouritewas ridden by Aaron Spradau and they crossed the post with a time of 55.86 seconds.

They were 1.5 lengths ahead of Denise Ballard’s Bush Lawyer, ridden by Dan Ballard.

The 1200 metre BenchMark 50 Handicap was won by Belem Grey.

Belem Grey, which started at odds of $5.50, was ridden by Tasha Chambers. Their time was one minute and 8.39 seconds.

Chambers and Belem Grey was scarcely ahead of second placer Splash Out, jockeyed by Aaron Spradau.

The 1200 metre Gary Cannon Memorial was won by the Ballards’ Chasing the Dragon.

Chasing the Dragon and Dan Ballard crossed the post with a time of one minute and 8.39 seconds. Assuming the time recorded on Racing Australia is correct, this was eerily the same time to the split second as that of the former race.

The 1400 metre Class B Handicap was won by Cloncurry trainer Ian Dodd’s American At Sea.

Jockey Tamara Tincknell helpedAmerican at Sea get the leading time of one minute 22.34 seconds.

They were favourited to win with starting odds set at $1.80.

Tincknell and American at Sea were 1.5 lengths ahead of Made to Win, which did not quite claim its namesake.

Ballard rode the horse trained by Tanya Parry.

In third place was Dawn Sanderson’s Mr Rockard. Ridden by Scott McCullum the race horse’s starting price was $10.

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