18 May, 2023
Plectrum wins the annual Binnaway Cup
By Colin Hodges Binnaway - Saturday, April 29
Coonabarabran trainer Graeme Brooker and
Orange-based jockey Chelsea Ings have combined
for yet another feature race win with veteran
galloper Plectrum, this time on Saturday in the
1300 metres Exchange Hotel and Jack O’Brien
The now nine-year-old gelding
Plectrum came to the central west in late 2019
after two wins on north coast tracks and has since
won another six races for Graeme Brooker with
Chelsea Ings being the winning rider on five occasions
including the cups at Carinda, Walgett and
Plectrum took the early front running from
Searchlight at Binnaway and that pair established
a big lead over the rest of the seven-horse field.
Starting the $10 rank outsider, Plectrum maintained
a good tempo to win by almost a length from
Searchlight (Shayleigh Ingelse, $4.40) with another
four lengths to third placed Order Of Merit
(Andrew Banks, $5).
“Plectrum is at his best when allowed to roll
along in front”, winning jockey Chelsea Ings
James Rogers is now working full-time for
Kieren Hazelton and he won on Orreza for the
Gilgandra trainer in the opening race at Binnaway,
the 1000 metres Maiden Plate.
Breaking clear in the straight, Orreza won by
nearly two lengths from Outback Pat (Hollie Hull,
$8) and Sniper’s Byline (Shayleigh Ingelse, $3.50).
Billy Cray is like James Rogers formerly from
England and he won the following race on
Jarmanagic for Dubbo trainer Garry Lunn.
Jarmanagic ($2.50 favourite) took the lead from
Japingka halfway down the straight and won by a
length from Grenado (Chelsea Hillier, $3.50) and
Adviser (Kelsey Lenton, $3).
Bringing up a double for Garry Lunn, Weave
That Web (Shayleigh Ingelse, $1.90 fav.) raced to
a big early lead and kept going strongly to win the
1700 metres Benchmark 45 Handicap by over five
lengths from Subuki (Jayden Barrie, $2.50) and
Torrid Affair (Chelsea Ings, $6).
Flying Foxy (Shayleigh Ingelse, $4) travelled
well in the lead however was overhauled and beaten
threequarters of a length by Tandem (Ronald
Simpson, $2 fav.) with Starlink ( Vad Bolozhinskyi,
$4.40) coming from a long last for third in the 1200
metres Class Two Handicap.
Geoff O’Brien who trains Tandem at Quirindi
was reared at Binnaway and recalls as a 12-yearold
having his first ride on a racehorse one morning
on the Binnaway track for the late Colin Easey,
a long time successful local trainer.
The 1300 metres Dennis Frater Memorial Maiden Handicap was taken out by the Luke Pepper, Scone-trained Mean Girls (Will Stanley, $3.80) which took the lead turning for home from Sensei Jacky then shot away to score by four lengths from Perseptina (Andrew Banks, $3.50) and Conversations (Chelsea Hillier, $3.80). The Binnaway track handled the almost constant rain exceptionally well. Although only hosting a race meeting once a year, Binnaway is one of the better tracks in the central west.