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12 October, 2023

Gilgandra's pop up race meeting

Gilgandra at short notice organised and hosted a race meeting on Saturday when Collarenebri was abandoned and it was appropriate a local trainer and jockey landed a winner.

By Colin Hodges

Trained by Kieren Hazelton and ridden by James Rogers, Zamali ($6.50) led all the way to beat Alaskan Aura (Ken Dunbar, $4 favourite) and Jarmanagic (Wendy Peel, $8) in the 1200 metres Grant Zell and Family Benchmark 45 Handicap.

Dubbo trainers were off to a good start when the Cindy Monaghan  trained Friendly Sizzle won the opening event, the 800 metres Damows and More Maiden Handicap.

Friendly Sizzle is raced by media personality Tim Moses in partnership with Cindy Monaghan and Michael O’Brien, Colleen O’Brien and Alana O’Brien who operate a hotel at Binnaway.

First up for Cindy Monaghan after 6 unplaced starts in Queensland, Friendly Sizzle (Wendy Peel, $3) raced outside the leader Kingzan then worked clear to win from Play The Record (Shayleigh.Ingelse, $6) and Cashmere Inn (Kelsey Lenton, $10).

Former jockey and now the trainer of 150 winners, Wangaratta based Steve Cunningham won the 1000 metres Jason Tate Electrical Benchmark 58 Handicap with Westminster Abbe.

Ridden by the trainers niece Sarah McDonough, the Victorian galloper ($5) led all the way to beat Juliette Street (Cobi Vitler, $7) and Hampton Cove (Jake Pracey-Holmes, $2.20 favourite).

Muswellbrook trainer Carlos Antonio supplied the quinella in the 1550 metres Western Farm Machinery BM 60 Handicap when the well supported Damascus Gate (Jake Pracey-Holmes, $8 to $6) led by 5 lengths at one stage and held on to beat stablemate The Enzo (Jake Barrett, $4.60) and Hombre Grande (Cobi Vitler, $3.80) in a close finish  where there was less than a length between the first 6 placegetters.

Formerly with the Brett Robb stable at Dubbo, talented apprentice Jake Barrett has transferred to the Barbara Joseph, Paul Jones and Matt Jones training partnership at Canberra however he was at Gilgandra to ride All I Have for Brett Robb.

Headed in the straight, All I Have ($4) fought back to win the 1200 metres Johnson’s Family Store Maiden Plate in a close finish from Deceptive (Clayton Gallagher, $3.50 fav.) and the fast finishing Fresh Start (Shayleigh Ingelse, $5).

Coming from midfield the Dar Lunn, Dubbo trained Miss Twenty Two (Clayton Gallagher, $3.80) won the 1600 metres Jaryd Eason Welding & Engineering BM 50 Handicap from Golden Eclipse (Shayleigh Ingelse, $5.50) and Sulmaher (Kelsey Lenton, $17) which had taken the lead on the home turn.

Miss Twenty Two is owned by Guy Mitchell from Binnaway and Rob Pratten from Dubbo who have several gallopers trained by Dar Lunn.

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