5 August, 2022
One Aye takes out Forbes Cup
By Colin Hodges Forbes, raced Sunday, July 31
Trained by the sister of five shearers, part
owned by an orphan who left school at 14 to
become a jackaroo and later made his fortune as a
nightclub owner and futures trader, and ridden by a
young jockey formerly from Queensland, the four year-old mare One Aye on Sunday won the
$50,000 Bankstown Sports Club Forbes Cup in an
One Aye and the runner up Toulon Brook have
now achieved eligibility for the $2 million big dance
to be held at Royal Randwick on Melbourne Cup
Barbara Joseph who prepares One Aye has
been a long-time successful trainer at Bombala,
Canberra and the Sapphire Coast, and over recent
years has operated as a partnership with her sons
Paul and Matt Jones.
The above mentioned part owner is larger than
life character Max Whitby who has raced hundreds
of horses including several champions such as
2004 Cox Plate winner Savabeel.
Quayd Krogh who rode with some success on
Queensland tracks and then spent time with the
Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott stable at
Randwick has seen his career flourish since joining
the Joseph and Jones team at Canberra and it was
an outstanding ride on One Aye.
Approaching the home turn in the 1600 metres
Cup it was Toulon Brook, Straya Pride, and
Notabadidea leading the capacity field of 14 with
the favourite One Aye starting to make ground from
Toulon Brook ($11) trained by Matthew Dale at
Canberra and ridden by Tony Cavallo broke clear
but was overhauled and beaten a neck by One Aye
($5 to $4.20) while the Kurt Goldman, Goulburntrained
Intuition (Nick Heywood, $13) finished well
Reward Seeker (Jake Pracey-Holmes)
runner up to From The Bush in the 2021 Cup
worked home nicely for fourth.
Despite it being a very cold day with early showers,
Forbes attracted a big crowd and the eight
races on the good four then soft five well prepared
track, were contested by mainly capacity fields.
Feature sprint, the 1200 metres The Amazing
Ben Hall Bullet Benchmark 74 Handicap, received
good support from Forbes Shire Council and showcased
a smart win by the Brad Widdup,
Hawkesbury-trained Free State.
Last start Gilgandra winner Moetta (Jake
Barrett, $4.20) held a slender lead at the top of the
straight and fought hard however, Free State (Billy
Owen, $5.50) burst through the pack to score by a
head with Kattegat (Robbie Brewer, $6) carrying
the 62kg top weight a close third.
At this time of the year Dubbo trainer Merv
Rumble is often campaigning with a team of horses
However, he was at Forbes to win the $40,000
Roylances Tractor Replacements Showcase Country
Maiden Plate with Ogrim.
Producing a strong run down the outside Ogrim
(Clayton Gallagher, $9.50) won by over a length
from Down To Earth (Serg Lisnyy, $19) and Rubi
Air (Jake Barrett, $4).
The other legs of a treble for Clayton Gallagher were the Wayne Collison, Narromine-trained Money Not My God ($3.30) and Osman ($4.60) trained at Mudgee by Mack Griffith. Taree trainer Joe Burges had a double with Barry’s Lane (Jake Pracey-Holmes, $5.50) and Mr Eighty Eight (Nick Heywood, $4.40) while Nick Heywood also won on Extravagant Lad ($3.50, favourite) for Goulburn trainer Scott Collings.