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28 June, 2021

Local trainer takes two wins

Following an eye catching second to Golden Avenger in the Open Handicap at Dubbo on Friday, June 11, the Dar Lunn, Dubbo trained, Classy Rebel backed up to win the 1200 metres Robert Oatley Fine Wines Gulgong Gold Cup on Sunday, June 13.

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Owned by Guy Mitchell from Binnaway and Rob Pratten from Dubbo, Classy Rebel as the $2.80 favourite took the early lead and in the straight cleared out to win by almost eight lengths from Gadfly (Jake Pracey-Holmes, $15) and The Bald Eagle (Liam Blanch, $3.50).

Classy Rebel was the third leg of a winning treble for Clayton Gallagher, the talented young jockey earlier having won on Terry Tuffnut and Slickster.

Now in the Kylie Kennedy stable at Narromine, Terry Tuffnut ($8) broke through after 26 starts to win the 1400 metres maiden handicap by a half neck after a stride for stride battle with Seclusion (Jake Pracey-Holmes, $5.50) over the final 300 metres, while the $2.20 favourite More Oomph (Casey Waddell) ran home only fairly from well back for third.

Clayton Gallagher then led for home on Slickster ($4) and the Jan Bowen, Muswellbrook, trained eight-year-old chestnut gelding eventually won  the 1000 metres Craigmoor Fine Wines Benchmark 50 Handicap by more than four lengths from Sniper Excels (Tony Cavallo, $3.80 fav) and Balerion (Jake Pracey-Holmes, $4.60).

After only a handful of previous race rides, apprentice Ben Osmond with an outstanding ride achieved his career first winner, with three-year-old filly Lily’s Lolly in the 1000 metres Aussie Country Catering Maiden Plate. From an outside barrier, Lily’s Lolly was quickly away and found a good position third on the rails before easing around the leaders when turning for home.

The Todd Howlett, Muswellbrook trained Lily’s Lolly ($3 fav) then kicked away to win by a length and a quarter from Velocity Choice (Liam Blanch, $6) with Hireach (Zara Lewis, $41) a long head away third.

Gilgandra trainer Kieren Hazleton won with Streets Of Suemori at Parkes on Saturday and he made it a good weekend when Bacinblac won the next day at Gulgong. Well ridden by Bathurst based Chelsea Ings, Bacinblac ($7) settled well back in the 11-horse field before coming with a strong finish to beat by a length the second place dead heaters Fiveash (Clayton Gallagher, $5) and Zagaya (Aaron Sweeney, $8) in the 1800 metres Henry Lawson Benchmark 58 Handicap.

Given the run of the race behind the leader by Daniel Northey, the Peter Clare, Muswellbrook, trained Dubai Harbour ($2 fav) won the 1200 metres class two handicap from Renzulli  (Yvette Lewis, $7) and Manno (Ben Osmond, $4).

Due to the COVID-19 restrictions, the scheduled Gulgong meeting last year was abandoned however the 2021 staging was a big success with a bumper crowd.

Colin Hodges

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