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8 November, 2023

Racing Wellington

Following his treble at Mudgee, the Gulgong based Jake Pracey-Holmes rode a winning double, Avalicious and Little Bit Flash on Monday at Wellington.

By Colin Hodges

Crossing quickly from the outside barrier, Avalicious found the early lead before being steadied going down the back straight by Pracey-Holmes in the 1600 metres Diamond Dog Pest Control Benchmark 58 Handicap.

Still in front turning for home the Clint Lundholm, Dubbo-trained Avalicious ($3.80) lasted to win by a short half head from Seaside Sandy (Kayla Nisbet, $3.30 to $2.70 favourite) with a short head to third placed Destiny’s Son (Jake Barrett, $7.50).

From the Jeremy Gask stable at Scone, three-year-old filly Little Bit Flash ($1.95 to $1.70 favourite) was given a cosy run by Jake Pracey-Holmes and wore down La Pelago (Anna Roper, $2.80) to win by a half neck with the third placegetter Hammoon Mayhem, $20) four lengths away in the 1100 metres Branson Maiden Handicap.

Breaking through to win the 1400 metres Allendale Merino Stud Country Boosted Maiden Plate was Zarizatiz, a half-brother to On A Promise the winner of 11 races including the $50,000 Picnic Championship Final at Coonamble in 2021.

Like the now retired On A Promise, Zarizatiz is owned by a group from Lake Cargelligo and Tullibigeal and trained at Dubbo by Brett Robb.

Zarizatiz (Clayton Gallagher, $2.80 to $2.40 fav.) had a charmed run behind the leader before beating Sensei Jackie (Ronald Simpson, $7) and Casual Mood (Jake Pracey-Holmes, $4.60).

Last start Orange winner Wilbury ($3), brought up a double for Clayton Gallagher and Brett Robb when joining in halfway down the straight and sprinting to a two and a quarter lengths win over Life’s A Party (Serg Lisnyy, $4.60) and Precious Socks, Mathew Cahill, $3.50) in the 1100 metres Di Thatcher Memorial-Country Boosted Class One Handicap.

A winning double also for Bathurst trainer Roy McCabe with Monte Zoncolan and Our Orator.

Finishing fast down the outside in the 900 metres Grand Hotel Bottle Shop Maiden Plate, Monte Zoncolan (Ashleigh Stanley, $13) won by a nose and a long head respectively from Fruit Tingle (Ronald Simpson, $5.50) and Flight Or Fight, $7.50).

Ronald Simpson was aboard Our Orator ($4) which reeled in the leaders to win the 1400 metres Central West Electrics Class Two Handicap from Illusive Star (Jake Pracey-Holmes, $3.30) and Mr Invincible (Clayton Gallagher, $3.10 fav.)

A handy line-up of sprinters in the 1100 metres Wellington Soldiers Club Benchmark 66 Handicap and it was the Garry Kirkup, Canberra-trained Frisson (Mathew Cahill, $7.50) finishing best from midfield to beat Beauchamp (Zoe Hunt, $3 fav.) and Daredevil (Jake Barrett, $14).

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