3 March, 2022
Racing review: Mudgee raced February 27
Qualifying two horses, Zoo Station and Tags, for the $500,000 final of the Newhaven Park Country Championship at Royal Randwick in April, is a fitting reward for the dedication and professionalism of Bathurst trainer Gayna Williams.
A long time successful trainer, Williams has
played a prominent role over several years in
Central Districts Championship Qualifiers however
it was hard to match the excitement of the thrilling
finish on Sunday at Mudgee as a big field of well
credentialed runners vied for a share of the
Away quickly from the outside barrier in the
1400 metres feature event, Lockdown Gamble led
from Dubbo Wanderer, El Mo, and The Drover with
Zoo Station settling further back than midfield and
Tags in last position after missing the start by five
Brilliantly ridden by Tony Cavallo, Zoo Station
($2.70, favourite) burst through a gap halfway
down the straight to hit the lead and in a driving finish
held on to win by a neck from stablemate Tags
(Reece Jones, $5.50).
The David Smith, Mudgee-trained Lockdown
Gamble (Mathew Cahill, $4.80) was a head away
third in a game performance after setting the pace
while How’s It Kev (Mikayla Weir, $26) from the
Alison Smith stable at Orange was handy throughout
and stuck on well for fourth.
Continuing to emerge as a genuine winning
chance in the $150,000 Western Racing Association
Country Championship Qualifier at Coonamble
this month is the Brett Robb, Dubbo-trained
Following a brave effort when a close
second to Lockdown Gamble in the review at
Dubbo, Great Buy beat the short price favourite
Salire in the 1200 metres Evergreen Turf Showcase
Benchmark 66 Handicap at Mudgee.
Taking the lead from Unpredicted when heads
turned for home, Great Buy (Jackson Searle,
$5.50) safely held off Salire (Hugh Bowman, $1.60
favourite) by one and a half lengths with Ferus
(Jean Van Overeire, $21) finishing third.
Warwick Farm trainer Bjorn Baker had a winning
treble with Akahata (Brandon Lerena, $2.60),
Deel With Me (Hugh Bowman, $2.45 favourite) and
Da Nang Star (Bailey Wheeler, $2.80 favourite)
while Scone trainer Cameron Crockett led in a double,
Mistaken Identity ($10) and Cracking Mo
($5.50), both ridden by Brooke Stower.
Cameron Crockett described Brooke Stower as
a “greatly underrated jockey” after her all the way
win on Cracking Mo and a sensational ride from
the back of the field on Mistaken Identity.
Jumping from the outside barrier in a field of 14, Mistaken Identity ($10) raced in last position before Brooke Stower followed the inside rail all the way home to win by threequarters of a length from Whispering Cate (Mikayla Weir, $101) and Jianzhang (Clayton Gallagher, $81) in the 1200 metres S&S Meats Country Only Showcase Maiden Plate. The other winner was the Kris Lees, Newcastle trained Miss Santorini ($21), the first leg of a double for apprentice Bailey Wheeler.
By Colin Hodges