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13 May, 2022

Western racing review: Coonamble

By Colin Hodges Coonamble Picnics, raced Saturday, May 7

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Sold by Wellington-based owner trainer Merv Rumble after winning at Ardlethan, the seven-year- old gelding, Stone, gave a quick return for new owners Tim Moses and Cindy Monaghan when a winner on Saturday at Coonamble Picnics.

Now trained at Dubbo by Cindy Monaghan, Stone was ridden by Wayne Wheatley in the 1400 metres class one trophy handicap and had a good run behind the duelling leaders Mr Bobcat, Run Callan Run and Knee Slapper.

Stone ($2.50, favourite) reeled in the leaders and won by nearly two lengths from Knee Slapper (Emily Waters, $4) and Mr Bobcat (Will Stanley, $3.50).

The white with green hoops colours worn by Wayne Wheatley on Stone were last carried by Giggling Dollar for Tim Moses and Cindy Monaghan when winning with Kody Nestor in the saddle at a Bathurst meeting in 2011.

Prior to then the colours were used on Klondie owned by Tim Moses, the winner of nine races including eight wins from the first 14 starts.

Last start Nyngan winner Band-ahara produced another impressive performance when winning the 1400 metres cup race at Coonamble.

The Clint Lundholm, Dubbo-trained Bandahara (Will Stanley, $2.60 favourite) was fifth early and steadily made ground to be ready to challenge in the straight and finished well to account for Ocean Hero (Dylan Stanley, $8) and Linden Tree (Leandro Ribeiro, $4).

Clint Lundholm had earlier won the 1100 metres Maiden Plate with Stylish Star (Leandro Ribeiro, $1.70 favourite) which wore down the leader Dare To Fight (Wayne Wheatley, $2) with Fernanda (Will Stanley, $5) in third place.

Leading jockey Leandro Ribeiro then completed a double when the Connie Greig, Dubbo-trained Everyone ($2.10) swept past the opposition in the straight to beat Hireach (Wayne Wheatley, $4.40) and Miracle Knight (Emily Waters, $2 favourite) in the 1100 metres class three trophy handicap.

Given a nice run behind the leaders by Bathurst based Will Stanley, the Garry Lunn, Dubbo-trained Kallie ($2.60 favourite) won the 1100 metres Class B Handicap from Looking Forward (Emily Waters, $2.80) and Magic Smile (Leandro Ribeiro, $5.50).

Dubbo trainers won all six races at Coonamble including Brett Robb with Legal Zou (Ricky Blewitt, $1.80) which shared the lead with Sun Master before scoring by almost three lengths from Scriba (Wayne Wheatley, $3.50) and Miss Twenty Two (Will Stanley, $3.50) in the 1200 metres class three trophy handicap.

The picnic meeting was staged at short notice by Coonamble Jockey Club when the Marthaguy Picnics at Quambone were abandoned due to a flooded track. 

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