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22 July, 2022

Rupicasso shines, as Gil saves Warren race meet

By Colin Hodges Gilgandra, raced on Wednesday, July 13

Supporters of local trainer Kieren Hazleton were off to good start when Rupicasso (pictured) won the opening event at the Gilgandra meeting transferred from Warren. Ridden by Andrew Banks, Rupicasso ($3.20) settled behind the leaders before moving up to challenge on the home turn.

Getting the better of Money Not My God (Clayton Gallagher, $2.50 favourite), Rupicasso won by a halflength with nearly four lengths to the third placed Crystal Beanz (Tony Cavallo, $8) in the 1200 metres Johnson’s Family Stores Maiden Handicap.

Making it two wins in succession, the Michael Mulholland trained Sea Of Flames (Serg Lisnyy, $4.20) reeled in the leader Miss Twenty Two (Jake Pracey-Holmes, $26) to win by almost two lengths with Tintern Power (Kody Nestor, $4.00 favourite) running home well for third in the Gilgandra Sporties Club Class One and Maiden Plate, over 1600 metres.

Serg Lisnyy then completed a double when leading all the way on the Clint Lundholm trained The Big Seal ($2.10 favourite) in the 1000 metres Collie Hotel Maiden Plate. After his earlier win on Rupicasso, Andrew Banks was aboard the Myron Cooper-trained Gannett Peak, an impressive winner of the 1200 metres Ahrens Class Two Handicap. From near the back of the field, Gannett Peak ($7) powered home to overwhelm Arimathea (Tony Cavallo, $3.40 favourite) and the leader Hampton Cove (Jake Pracey-Holmes, $6).

The 1280 metres Inland Petroleum Benchmark 58 Handicap featured an exciting finish with the photo finish verdict going the way of the Michael Lunn trained Witness Collector. Sharing the lead on the home turn, Witness Collector (Anna Roper, $3.50 favourite) edged to the front and prevailed by a half head from Bandahara (Ken Dunbar, $8.50) with Jin Chi Phantom (Andrew Banks, $15) a short half head away third.

The other winners were Minimal (Tony Cavallo, $3.10 favourite) from the Glenn Frazer stable at Coonabarabran and the Brett Robb, Dubbotrained Moetta (Clayton Gallagher, $2.45 favourite).


Carinda, raced Saturday, July 16 Plectrum completed a western racing feature double when winning the $12,000 Carinda Cup on Saturday for Coonabarabran trainer Graeme Brooker. At the previous start Plectrum had won the Walgett Cup and again making a long trip to take the ride at Carinda was Bathurst-based jockey Chelsea Ings. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic Carinda had not raced since 2019 and there was a big crowd to see a handy field line up for the 1400 metres Dubbo City Toyota sponsored cup.

Straight to the lead, Plectrum ($3.40) travelled strongly all the way and won by two and three quarter lengths from Another Plan (Andrew Banks, $3.20 favourite) and Chesty ($5.50). Bookmakers were reeling when a betting plunge on Kooky Kangaroo was successful in the opening event, the 1000 metres Walgett Hunt Camp Fish Newsagency Maiden Handicap.

One dashing punter was estimated to have invested over $5,000 on Kooky Kangaroo and the odds kept tumbling as other punters rushed to get a slice of the action. After 10 starts in Victoria and southern NSW, the four-year-old gelding Kooky Kangaroo found a new owner in Peter Briggs and was transferred to former Nyngan trainer Garry Bignell now with stables at Eulo near Cunnamulla in Queensland.

Backed from $3.70 to $1.70 favourite, Kooky Kangaroo with the experienced Andrew Banks in the saddle led throughout to cruise home by over three lengths from Sallista (Tiffany Jeffries, $11) and Outback Pat ($5.50). Backing up from a win at Duck Creek Picnics, the Rodney Robb, Nyngan-trained Knee Slapper won the 1400 metres O’Brien Brigalows Pastoral Company Class 1 Handicap at Carinda.

Finding the early lead, Knee Slapper (Michael Heagney, $1.90 favourite) cleared out to score by almost six lengths from Drunkasamonkey (Jake Barrett, $2.80) and Motilda (Zara Lewis, $13). Widely travelled jockey Michael Heagney then completed a double when the Clint Lundholm, Dubbotrained The Cave ($2 favourite) led all the way for a four lengths win over Supreme Vision (Tiffany Jeffries, $3.20) and Gift Of Time (Jake Barrett, $15) in the 1400 metres Local Liquors Gateway Drive Thru Maiden Plate.

Cheering home The Cave were the owners including Coonamble Jockey Club committee members, Ken Waterford, Mick Heaney, Adam Firth, Ben Gray, Mick Sheppard, and Dave Thompson. Apprentice jockey Zara Lewis was praised by connections for a very good ride on Renzulli to win the 1100 metres W.W.Lunn Benchmark 45 Handicap.

From an outside barrier, the Bryan Dixon, Gilgandra-trained Renzulli ($6.50) was patiently ridden at the tail of the field before taking a rails run to beat Ringside (Hollie Hull, $1.80 favourite) and Kallie (Tiffany Jeffries, $7). Dubbo trainer Garry Lunn returned home for the day to Carinda to win the 1700 metres Complete Asset Management Benchmark 50 Handicap with Miss Twenty Two.

Well ridden by talented apprentice Jake Barrett, Miss Twenty Two ($2.80 favourite) took the lead from Shwanky Doo and Yak then safely held off Hamoon Sweetheart (Ashleigh Stanley, $4) and Yak (Andrew Banks, $3.50).

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