Begg continues on his winning way
Grahame Begg continued his winning run when debutante Al Sahra scored a surprise victory at Canterbury on Wednesday.
The Randwick trainer has a spring in his step and is excited about welcoming back Group One-winning star All Silent who returns to Sydney from Victoria on Thursday.
All Silent scored a slashing win in the Patinack Farm Classic at Flemington last Saturday and looks set to make his presence felt on the international scene.
"Things are going well, he’s (All Silent) back in Sydney tomorrow and will be in the paddock where we will cast an eye over him and go from there," Begg said.
"It’s going to be good to have him back for sure."
Begg hasn’t yet firmly committed to a trip to Hong Kong to run in the International Sprint (1200m) at Sha Tin on December 13.
Al Sahra, a Desert Sun filly, was travelling just off the speed for most of the trip with in-form apprentice Brenton Avdulla aboard in the Girls Day Out 14 November Maiden (1100m).
She surged to the lead on straightening and pinched a decent break before the Kevin Moses-trained Longlea charged home from the back of the field to finish a long head second.
"I thought she might be a bit soft today, she looked soft in the parade ring, so it was a real surprise to see her win," Begg said.
It was as much of a surprise to punters with Al Sahra drifting from $10 to start at $14.
"Credit to Brenton, he’s ridden her in work and in her trial three weeks ago and he was confident she’d do well," Begg said.
"She was nominated for a race at Randwick on Melbourne Cup day but she drew barrier 17 and they can’t win from out there."
Avdulla celebrated a winning double when he guided the Anthony Cummings-trained Big Sai Wan to victory in the Night Racing At Canterbury Handicap (1550m).
The young Victorian apprentice is on a two-month loan to trainer Gai Waterhouse and rode the first two winners at Randwick on Saturday before he was stood down by the club doctor.
Premier jockey Hugh Bowman was sick and unable to ride at Canterbury.
Nash Rawiller scored two wins, both pick-up rides from Bowman’s absence.
Rawiller rode the Joe Pride-trained Krui Crusader to victory in the www.theraces.com.au Handicap (1100m) and celebrated the double when he drove the Bart Cummings-trained O Danny Boy to victory in the Grand Pavilion Handicap (1900m).
It was O Danny Boy’s first win since Douglas Whyte scored on him at Happy Valley in Hong Kong in November 2006.
By Russell Jackson