Clyde trainer Jayne Davies' recent vein of winning form continued at Cranbourne on Sunday when lightly raced three year old Melchoir saluted in the first race on the program. The win was the fifth in the space of just 14 days for the stable known as the Green Team after stable doubles at Warragul and Yarra Valley in recent weeks.
Melchoir, who had recorded just one placing from six lifetime starts leading into Sunday's race, was the outsider of the small field which faced the starter but was brilliantly handled by Nathan Jack to record his maiden victory.
The son of Rocknroll Hanover settled into the one out one back trail as Nifty Jolt for Jodi Quinlan and Redandblue Fella for Simone Walker engaged in an early speed battle. Melchoir then travelled comfortably on the back of the leading pair and looked an obvious threat to the more fancied pair a long way from home.
Jack angled Melchoir to the outside of runners around the final bend and set out after Redandblue Fella who had forged to the lead after sitting outside the leader throughout. In the run to the line it was Melchoir who prevailed over a brave Redandblue Fella with Nifty Jolt battling into third placing some 24 metres astern.
The win of Melchoir capped a min-resurgence for Davies who has been the district's leading trainer for many years. Wins by Stone Of Destiny and Beau Reve at the Warragul Cup meeting a fortnight ago were quickly followed up with victories to Baccarat and Stone of Destiny again at Yarra Valley a week later to remind punters that the Green Team was still up and about.
Melchoir is owned by Jack Munnerley who bred the gelding with his late wife Nola. Together the couple enjoyed enormous success with a string of horses they bred and owned and Jack continues to be a fixture at the track when he has a runner engaged.
No doubt both he and Davies will be hoping that Melchoir can continue on from Sunday's success.
Melchoir is likely to have his next assignment at Yarra Valley on Monday 8 May.
By David Scott
Photo: Claire Weston Photography