9 April, 2022
Western racing review: Tomingley
Adding yet another trophy to the collection at the Connie Greig stable in Dubbo, the six-year-old mare, Gossip, on Saturday won the 1500 metres Alkane Resources Tomingley Picnic Cup.
Connie Greig and Sydney-based jockey
Leandro Ribeiro have been dominant during the
picnic racing season and at the previous start
Gossip had won the Ardlethan Picnic Cup.
Travelling in fourth position at Tomingley, Gossip
($1.80 favourite) reeled in the leader Alpha Lane
(Anaelle Gangotena, $4) and won by over a length
with Chuck’N’Paul (Wayne Wheatley, $4.40) three
lengths away third.
Ashley Gibson from Dubbo achieved his first
win as a trainer when grey gelding Zurbaran won
the 1500 metres Class B Handicap.
“Dad would be very pleased with the win,” said
Ashley Gibson, who was referring to his late father
Allan Gibson, for many years a successful trainer
Leandro Ribeiro saved valuable ground when
racing on the rails and Zurbaran ($3.20) sprinted
through a gap to beat the fast finishing Distant
Promise (Will Stanley, $4) and Kallie (Dylan
Stanley, $1.80 favourite) which raced near the
While trainer Clint Lundholm was at Royal
Randwick with Amulet Street, the third placegetter
in the $500,000 Country Championship Final, he
was represented at Tomingley by In The Road in
the 800 metres Class two Trophy Handicap.
Moderately away, In The Road (Will Stanley,
$1.80 favourite) quickly moved through the field
and was a convincing winner from Magic Smile
(Dylan Stanley, $6) and Guiltless (Leandro Ribeiro,
Formerly racing in Victoria, with the most recent
performances being unplaced runs in 3500 metres
hurdle races, Scriba at the first start for new trainer
Geoff O’Brien at Quirindi, was a surprise winner
of the 1150 metres Class three Trophy Handicap at
Finishing fast, Scriba (Wayne Wheatley, $7.50)
overhauled My Shiromi (Will Stanley, $4.40) and
Twice The Value (Dylan Stanley, $2.40 equal
favourite) in the closing stages.
In the placings several times, the Denis
Consadine, Gulgong-trained Keep No Secrets
broke through for a well-deserved win in the 1150
metres Maiden Plate.
Given a good run close to
the leader by Ricky Blewitt, Keep No Secrets ($2
equal favourite) cleared out to win by over four
lengths from Winnsom (Leandro Ribeiro, $2 equal
favourite) and Nobby (Dylan Stanley, $3).
Owned by the Loftus and Fyfe families from
Tullibigeal, and trained by Kylie Kennedy at
Narromine, Scruff’s Magic (Emily Waters, $4) led
most of the way to win the opening event, the 800
metres Maiden Plate, from Pippie Star (Ricky
Blewitt, $2.20) and Modify (Leandro Ribeiro, $1.80
Tomingley attracted a big crowd with betting turnover well up on recent years.