New Zealand horse Block of Land takes out Port Hedland Cup at Nor West Jockey Club

Alexander ScottNorth West Telegraph
Block Of Land, ridden by jockey Kayla Cross,  wins the Port Hedland Cup.
Camera IconBlock Of Land, ridden by jockey Kayla Cross, wins the Port Hedland Cup. Credit: aussie platinum photography

New Zealand’s Block of Land has taken out the Port Hedland Cup following a stellar ride from jockey Kayla Cross which saw the horse finish 3.5 lengths clear of its rivals.

The Port Hedland Cup took place at the Nor West Jockey Club on July 31 with punters from across the region descending on the race track just outside Roebourne for an action-packed day.

The event was held at the Nor West Jockey club due to the construction of Port Hedland’s new Sports and Community hub leaving the Hedland Turf Club without facilities to host events and cater for its members.

In the main race, a 2200m handicap, Cross rode Block of Land in a dominant performance leading for the majority of the race before crossing the finish line 3.5 lengths clear of second placed Crossaro while Bellini Boy rounded out the top three.

Meanwhile in the opening race, a late rally from Chengdu saw the 10-year-old horse cross the line ahead of Copping Points by 0.49 lengths, with Foo Trouble a further 7.59 lengths behind in third.

In the second race of the day, a 1400m handicap, Youretheoneforme controlled the race to finish first, Top Notch Scotch finished second and rounding out the top three was Ginger Senorita.

Calling Card took out the 1600m handicap, with Bold Victory just 0.33 lengths back and Billy Jack coming home in third place.

Meanwhile, Kalakaua took out the fifth race of the day with jockey Austin Galati guiding the horse to first, ahead of second placed Top Pocket and Second Choice.

And in the final race of the season at the Nor West Jockey Club, Sixpence Spent stormed home in the final 400m from fifth place to cross the line first.

Gates of Babylon followed and King of Planets rounded out the top three.

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