‘The Don’ booted home the first two winners of the meeting on Jose Wales and Recalculate, before claiming the last two races of the day with Luckyi’mbarefoot and Lucky For You.
First cab off the rank for Yendall was locally trained Jarrod Mclean debutant Jose Wales, who was given every chance up on the pace in the opening race of the day.
The Hard Spun 2yo strode to the line in stylish fashion to win the Simons Waterfront SV 2YO Handicap (1200m) by 0.75L from Libeccio, with a further length back to Freedoms in third place.
Yendall made it win number two in the second race on the card when he guided the Colin Scott trained Recalculate to a one length victory over French Hussler, with Hay Bob a close-up third.
Three-year-old Recalculate was always handy in the run and Yendall produced him at just the right time to record the Testa Rossa gelding’s second win from eight starts.
Yendall made it a treble in the second last race when he scored the narrowest of victories on Warrnambool May Carnival warhorse Luckyi’mbarefoot, surviving a protest from second placegetter Orientaped.
Luckyi’mbarefoot has been trying to snare a win at this carnival over the past few years and there was a huge roar when ‘Footy’ held on to win for popular local trainer Matty Williams and his equally popular strapper Sarah Woodhouse.
The win of Luckyi’mbarefoot provided two wins in two days for the Matthew Williams and Darren & Liz Dance (Australian Thoroughbred Bloodstock) combination following the win of Reigning Meteor the previous day.
The Daniel Bowman trained Lucky For You provided Yendall with his fourth winner for the day, and sixth for the carnival, when he steered the local galloper home for an easy two length victory over Grand Emperor, with another half length away to Mio Dio in third place.
It was a popular win to end the carnival, especially for trainer Daniel, and his wife Denita, who earlier in the week brought little Charlie Roy Bowman into the world.
Bowman puts the finishing touch on leading trainer Darren Weir’s horses down at Warrnambool and he’s proving to be a master horseman in his own right.
The six wins of ‘The Don’ raised $600 for the National Jockeys Trust and it was a great result to get behind the leading rider of the carnival to get maxmimum return for such a worth cause.
Other highlights on a fantastic day of racing included a treble to the Darren Weir & Brad Rawiller combination and a double to the Ciaron Maher & John Allen duo.
Rawiller rode the Weir trained Tall Ship to a stunning victory in the Warrnambool Cup and Allen piloted the Maher trained Regina Coeli home to an exciting win in the Grand Annual Steeplechase.
Falago was the first of Weir & Rawiller’s three winners when he took out the Keppel Prince Engineering – Neville Wilson Series Final (1700m) from Yulong Baby and Clagnster’s Ace.
The victory of Falago also brought up win number three for the carnival for Australian Thoroughbred Bloodstock’s Darren & Liz Dance, alongside Reigning Meteor & Luckyi’mbarefoot.
The Weir & Rawiller treble came in the sixth race of the day when Distant Dreams resumed with a stunning 5.25L victory in the Schweppes F&M BM84 Handicap (1400m) over Shysta and Let’s Be A Star.
Along with taking out the Grand Annual Steeple, Ciaron Maher & John Allen also joined forces to win the Ludeman Real Estate BM64 Handicap (2000m) with the well fancied Wanna Dance.
The 4yo gelding shows his rivals a clean pair of heels in the striahg to score a classy victory over Pantuo and Lispenard.
About The Journey made it three winners for the carnival for Cranbourne trainer when he took out the Hammonds Champion Novice Hurdle (3200m).
The 6yo was ridden a treat by jockey Arron Lynch and scored by 5L from Set You Free, with stablemate Abraxas 2L away in third place.
The three-day 2015 Warrnambool May Carnival was a great success with more than 25,000 people attending over the three days.
The Day 1 crowd was 5,473, with Day 2 attracting 6,490, while the final day drew 13,100, for a total of 25,333 racing enthusiasts flocking going through the gates for the carnival.
R1 Simons Waterfront SV 2YO Handicap (1200m)
1. $18.00 JOSE WALES 59.0 Dean Yendall
2. $5.00 LIBECCIO 59.0 Michael Walker
3. $21.00 FREEDOMS 59.0 Damien Oliver
Margins: 0.75L, 0.75L
R2 Scania Australia BM64 Handicap (1300m)
1. $7.00 RECALCULATE 58.5 Dean Yendall
2. $9.00 FRENCH HUSSLER 59.0 Ryan Maloney
3. $12.00 HAY BOB 59.5 Jarrod Fry
Margins: 1.0L, 0.2L
R3 Keppel Prince Engineering – Neville Wilson Series Final (1700m)
1. $3.10 FALAGO 59.0 Brad Rawiller
2. $2.80 YULONG BABY 56.0 Damien Oliver
3. $8.00 CLANGSTARS ACE 58.0 Ryan Maloney
Margins: 0.3L, 1.25L
R4 Ludeman Real Estate BM64 Handicap (2000m)
1. $6.50 WANNA DANCE 58.0 John Allen
2. $4.60 PANTUO 59.0 Brad Rawiller
3. $5.50 LISPENARD 56.5 Dean Yendall
Margins: 2.25L, 0.20L
R5 Hammonds Champion Novice Hurdle (3200m)
1. $5.50 ABOUT THE JOURNEY 67.0 Arron Lynch
2. $8.00 SET YOU FREE 67.0 Patrick Flood
3. $26.00 ABRAXAS 65.0 Martin Kelly
Margins: 5L, 2L
R6 Schweppes F&M BM84 Handicap (1400m)
1. $10.00 DISTANT DREAMS 58.0 Brad Rawiller
2. $12.00 SHYSTA 54.0 Edward Creighton
3. $6.50 LET’S BE A STAR 52.5 Kyle Maskiell
Margins: 5.25L, 2L
R7 Wheelie Waste Grand Annual Steeplechase (5500m)
1. $4.80 REGINA COELI 64.0 John Allen
2. $2.90 LORD OF THE SONG 69.0 Steven Pateman
3. $11.00 DHAAFER 64.0 Shane Jackson
Margins: 4L, 0.75L
R8 Sungold Milk Warrnambool Cup (2350m)
1. $3.30 TALL SHIP 57.0 Brad Rawiller
2. $11.00 ARCH FIRE 54.0 Chris Parnham
3. $7.50 LUCCIOLA 54.0 Regan Bayliss
Margins: 3.75L, 0.10L
R9 Mercedes-Benz Handicap (1400m)
1. $4.00 LUCKYI’MBAREFOOT 57.0 Dean Yendall
2. $16.00 ORIENTAPED 53.5 Anthony Boyd
3. $2.80 VENTIC 54.0 Regan Bayliss
Margins: 0.1L, 0.2L
R10 The Standard BM78 Handicap (1100m)
1. $12.00 LUCKY FOR YOU 59.0 Dean Yendall
2. $5.50 GRAND EMPEROR 58.5 Dwayne Dunn
3. $3.50 MIO DIO 56.5 Jamie Mott
Margins: 2L, 0.5L
Pictures courtesy of Peter Morganti – Morgz Racing @morgzracing