25 December, 2022
By Colin Hodges Warren raced Friday, December 16
Purchased in 2020 for only $600, the now seven-
year-old mare, Not Negotiating took her prizemoney
earnings to more than $150,000 when winning
the feature race on Friday at Warren.
Trained at Wellington by Peter W Stanley, Not
Negotiating had Peter’s daughter, the Bathurst based
apprentice, Ashleigh Stanley in the saddle when
beating a classy field in the 1400-metres Nutrien
Ag Solutions Benchmark 74 Handicap.
Ashleigh produced an outstanding ride in the
big race with Not Negotiating near last when turning
for home where Larynx, The Long Run, and
Great Buy were the leaders.
Pushed through narrow openings on the rails by
Stanley, Not Negotiating (at $10) hit the lead close
to home to win by almost a length from Praline
(Tony Cavallo at $4.40) and Larynx (Clayton Gallagher,
the $3.40 favourite).
Off the scene for two-and-a-half years, the eight-
year-old gelding, Listen To The Band, made a
brilliant return to racing as a runaway winner of the
1000-metres Western Farm Machinery Maiden
Handicap at the Warren meet. At its initial three
starts in 2020, Listen To The Band had run second
at Wellington and Bathurst, and fifth at Mudgee.
Now trained at Dubbo by Clint Lundholm, Listen
To The Band, had been set for a first up win at Warren
and was backed in from $6.50 to be the $3
Sent straight to the lead by rider Jake Pracey-
Holmes, Listen To The Band breezed home a full
five-lengths clear of Acey (Chelsea Hillier at $8.50)
and Lockdown Lad (Kacie Adams at $81).
Bred by the late Jack Cover from Mudgee, Listen
To The Band, is part-owned by his son, John,
who also worked for the late Guy Walter, the trainer
of numerous champion gallopers. “I am proud to
have the pale pink and yellow-striped colours used
by some of the Guy Walter family”, he said.
a double at the meet for Clint Lundholm and
Jake Pracey-Holmes, Lady Lucilla (at $9) led
throughout in beating Zachariah (Will Stanley at
$8) and the fast-finishing Stone (Tony Cavallo at
$21) in the 1200-metres Business DNA Class One
Talented apprentice, Shayleigh Ingelse, who recently
transferred from the Kris Lees stable at Newcastle
to Brett Thompson at Gulgong, was quickly
off the mark for her new boss in winning the
1200-metres Gold Acres and Sprayer Barn Maiden
Plate on the horse, Jade Division.
Raced by Rodger and Nerida Atkinson from Yeoval,
Jade Division (at $11) was nicely-positioned
midfield by Ingelse, who then took control to win by
three- lengths from Sallista (Tony Cavallo at $4.40)
and Divine Entity (Michael Heagney at $5).
Another apprentice currently riding well, is Dubbo-
based Jake Barrett who overcame a wide barrier
on the Brett Robb-trained No Debt to lead most
of the way when winning the 1000-metres Australian
Food and Fibre Benchmark 50 Handicap from
Latest News (James Rogers at $21) and Inferno
Miss (Kacie Adams at $4.20).
Carrying the orange-and-black colours of the
David Baxter MacQuarie Stud at Wellington, the
Garry Lunn, Dubbo-trained Allchosen (Brooke Stower
at $7) was an all-the-way winner in the 1600-
metres Coopers Farm Gear Class One and Maiden
Plate from Chowdah (Billy Cray, the $3.10
favourite) and Individualist (Clayton Gallagher at
A powerful ride by Gallagher, however, saw the Wayne Collison, Narromine-trained Planet Ex (the $3.40 favourite) come from fourth on the home turn, to beat Sin City Belle (Hollie Hull at $4.80) and Aisle Six (Billy Cray at $12) in the 1400-metres MCC Hydraulics Benchmark 50 Handicap.