Cranbourne Double

Jun 23, 2015

We enjoyed a terrific day at our home track on Sunday, taking two runners- Golden Twist and Bayanova - to Cranbourne races and cheering as they both found the line in impressive style.

With Golden Twist always shown good natural ability and trialling well in the lead-up we were expecting a nice run from the son of Golden Snake (pictured) at debut and he did not let us down.

Making the most of a good gate, jumping well before taking a sit just off the pace, Golden Twist got a nice run along the rails in the straight and he was keen to take it - finishing on strongly to salute by half a length.

Described by Michael Kent as "a nice horse in the making," Golden Twist was bred and is raced by Nigel & Meredith Berry who have been enjoying good success with the stable of late - also racing the promising stakes placed stayer Oncidium Ruler.

Golden Twist is the first runner for the two times winning Distorted Humour mare Riddles who sadly died young last year.

A few hours later we were again in winning mode with the in-form Bayanova recording her second win from her last three starts.

Breaking her maiden over a mile at Mornington in late May, the daughter of Alamosa was not far away stepping up to 2020m a couple of weeks later and she was better still up to 2630m on Sunday.

Drifting back from a tricky gate, Bayanova looked to be under pressure at the turn but after hooking wide into the straight she started to gain momentum.

For a couple of strides she looked to be in trouble, getting into a bumping duel - one which seemed to make her only more determined and she really let down late, storming home and putting her nose out on the line.

"The track was a bit firm for her last start," Kent reported, "but the slow conditions this time really suited her."

"She shows good potential over a bit of ground and should continue to race well through the winter months."

Bayanova is raced by David Gillies who also has the talented triple city winner Varboss with the stable.