THE Daniel Bowman trained Justaroundmidnight was a dominant winner of the 2020 Heywood Cup at Casterton on Sunday.
A positive ride from Declan Bates had the five-year-old son of Danerich cruising in the lead from barrier-rise and from that point was never challenged.
The well-backed second favourite ($5) destroyed his opposition, winning by seven lengths.
Fine Evader ($13) and Jack In The Ditch ($9) filled the minor placings, while race favourite, I’ll Be Gone ($3.80), was disappointing and finished midfield.
The other division of the 0-58 2000m Handicap was won by Stable Me ($6.50), trained by Quinton Scott.
The winning move was made mid-race when apprentice jockey, Laura Lafferty, took up the lead.
Staving off all challengers, the win brought up a double for the talented young rider.
Allaboutattitude ($6) finished well in second for local trainer, Trudy Cottier, with longshot Ventura Highway filling third place.
Lafferty also won the bet365 0-58 Handicap over 1200m on Millenial Girl for Warrnambool trainer, Shayne Fisher.
Teo Nugent was the leading rider for the meeting with a treble.
Nugent’s wins came on longshot Bambolina ($26) and two well-supported runners in Americain Typhoon ($5) and Wando Bel ($7).
Wando Bel lived up to his good race and trial form with an easy all the way win in the Heywood Hardware 0-58 Handicap over 1000m.
Taking control of the race early, the speedster careered away for a five-length win for local trainer, Darren Kolpin.
On a day that apprentices won six of the eight races, Jack Hill kept the flag flying for senior riders with a narrow win in the 1400m Heywood AG BM64 Handicap on Skelton ($9) for Stawell trainer, Dane Smith.
Part of a group that was chasing early leader, Franquin, Hill was able to lift the six-year-old to a narrow victory ahead of $101 chance, Satin Sheen, and The Mood I’m In ($17).
A galloper to watch from the meeting is debut winner Pintoff ($6).
Trained at Ballarat by former jumps jockey, Richie Cully, the son of Toorak Toff had a lovely run during the race before winning softly.
Ridden by Georgina Cartwright, the pair had to wait for a gap to open in the home straight, but when it did, the four-year-old went to the line in the manner of a genuinely nice horse.