In-form sprinter Oxbridge wins regional series heat in Mt Barker for trainer Stephen Sheehy

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Former jockey and now trainer Stephen Sheehy is enjoying plenty of success with Oxbridge.
Camera IconFormer jockey and now trainer Stephen Sheehy is enjoying plenty of success with Oxbridge. Credit: Laurie Benson/Albany Advertiser

Consistent sprinter Oxbridge handed Albany trainer Stephen Sheehy victory in Friday’s feature race at the Mt Barker Turf Club.

Oxbridge was a slashing winner of the $29,000 Skyracing.TV Provincial Championship Series Heat (1300m) to continue his strong form this campaign.

A winner at the same track over 1300m on February 19, Oxbridge has had two wins and two minor placings in his past six starts.

Sheehy will now set the six-year-old for the championship series final at Belmont in May, worth $100,000.

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Oxbridge jumped a $4.80 chance for jockey Renee Forrest and the pair settled just behind outside the leader Loki ($12), while Vrum ($5.50) tramped three-deep.

After racing keenly in the early stages, Oxbridge produced a strong sprint in the home straight to kick clear of his rivals and win by two lengths.

Favourite God’s Moment ($3.80) got home well down the outside to grab second, while Winsalot finished third.

Meanwhile Scream In Blue produced a wonderful finish to claim the Thank You Committee Handicap (1850m).

Trained by Paul Hunter, Scream In Blue came from ninth on the home corner to charge on and win by two lengths.

Jockey Chris Nicoll got the best out of the $16 chance as they stormed past the well-fancied Bentley Beau ($2.70).

It was the first win for Scream In Blue since December 31, 2021 and came after running sixth in the recent Mt Barker Cup.

Albany trainer Steve Wolfe scored a winning double on the seven-race card.

Mine Host destroyed his rivals in race two, breaking his maiden status in the most impressive fashion.

Jockey Jarrad Noske led all of the way on the three-year-old, who won by more than five lengths on the line.

Noske and Wolfe then combined in race three with Divine Mercy, who proved too strong for $2 favourite Digital Miss.

Visiting trainers Donna Riordan and Adam Durrant also had winners on the program, while long-shot Highfriar saluted at $21 in race six for trainer Jonathon Jachmann and hoop Lisa Staples.

Noske was fined $300 by stewards in race seven for failing to ride out his mount Three Eze to the end of the event.

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