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29 May, 2022

Gilgandra hosts Parkes Cup following heavy rainfall

Already regarded as an outstanding trainer, Michael Mulholland from Wellington further enhanced his reputation with a winning treble which included Foodie King in the feature event earlier this month.

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Gilgandra Jockey Club hosted the meeting due to a waterlogged track at Parkes and Serg Lisnyy made the most of his trip from Wyong to ride the three winners, Cheptegei, Foodie King, and Radegast for Mulholland.

Foodie King ($2.80, favourite) had a nice run behind the leader Milamoo before hitting the front to win the 1400 metres Parkes Services Club Parkes Cup by a long neck from Weather Channel (Ronald Simpson, 4.20) with Milamoo (Michael Heagney, $5) battling on for third. Earlier, Cheptegei (Serg Lisnyy) landed a $14 to $3.90 favourite betting plunge when coming with a late rush to beat The Pres (Amira Kajiya, $4.60) and Harley Fat Boy (James Rogers, $20) in a very close finish to the 1600 metres class two handicap.

Completing the Mulholland/Lisnyy treble, Radegast ($10 to $8) from well back flashed home to win the 1200 metres benchmark 58 handicap in a three-way photo finish from the Sharon Jeffries, Parkes-trained pair Zoey Lass (Andrew Banks, $41) and Jin Chi Phantom (Tiffany Jeffries, $14).

A great ride by local apprentice Zara Lewis played an important role in the Bryan Dixon, Gilgandra-trained Ecker Road beating a field of smart sprinters in the 1200 metres Telescope Tyres and Batteries satellite handicap. Parked behind the leaders, Ecker Road ($4.20) secured

a rail’s run to dart clear for a convincing win over Jailbreak (Ronald Simpson, $3.40 favourite) and Rogue Runner (Elissa Meredith, $14). Bryan Dixon also won the 1000 metres Hankook Tyres benchmark 58 handicap with the well performed mare Rebecca’s Quest (Jake Barrett, $14) which from the back of the field stormed home to beat Extra Flash (Jake Pracey-Holmes, $6) by a nose with No Debt (Clayton Gallagher, $2.60 favourite) a short neck away third.

The 1000 metres maiden handicap was delayed when apprentice Ashleigh Stanley received treatment after being struck in the face by her mount Arctic Rover in the mounting yard. Patched up by the ambulance offi- cers, Ashleigh Stanley bravely climbed back in the sad- dle and led all the way on the Dean Mirfin, Bathurst trained Arctic Rover ($21) to beat Rhythmic Song (Jackson Searle, $3.70) and the Victorian visitor Riverside Special (Michael Heagney, $2.30 favourite).

Dean Mirfin then won the following race with Astrolith (Tony Cavallo, $1.85 favourite) which over- came an outside barrier to race near the lead and score a photo finish win over Zoisite (James Rogers, $26) and Stunning Sunrise (Jake Pracey-Holmes, $10) in the 1000 metres Bugman maiden handicap.

The other races were won by the Clint Lundholm trained Starlink (Elissa Meredith, $3.50) and the Brett Robb trained Morgenstern (Jake Pracey-Holmes, $5).

Gilgandra is rated the best wet weather track in the region and with so many abandonments around the state it was good to see the Gilgandra Jockey Club stage the meeting at such short notice. 

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