14 May, 2023
Zouoligist wins Diggers Cup at Narromine on Thursday
Racing - Narromine By Colin Hodges
Building on a good record in central west feature
races, Tara and Philippe Vigouroux who train
in partnership at Hawkesbury, won the 1300
metres Narromine USMC Diggers Cup on Thursday,
April 20 at Narromine with Zouoligist.
Runner-up to Hit The Target in the 2020
Soldiers Saddle at Bathurst, Zouoligist then won
the 2021 Soldiers Saddle and the Vigouroux stable
won the race again in 2022 with Lemaire.
Ridden at Narromine by Ben Looker, Zouoligist
($6.50) led for home from Ferus and Foreign
Brother and then staved off a challenge from Hit
The Rim (Brooke Stower, $6) to win by a long neck
with Deel Street (Ken Dunbar, $26) powering to the
line from a long way back to finish third.
Ben Looker completed a double the next race
on the Clint Lundholm, Dubbo trained Raging
Rush which is raced by several committee members
of Wellington Race Club.
Fifth in the Country Championship Qualifier at
Coonamble two starts prior, Raging Rush ($3.80 to
$2.90 favourite) settled behind the leaders in the
1100 metres Three Rivers Machinery Class Three
Handicap at Narromine and finished best to
account for Gold Counter (Brooke Stower, $41)
and Driving Force (Grant Buckley, $5).
Narromine trainer Wayne Collison who won with
$15 chance Luckyimwithaimee at Warren recently,
had another long odds winner Sister’s Pick at his
home track in the 1100 metres CAD Contracting
Maiden Plate. Bred by Wally Prout from Gilgandra
and raced by the winning trainers wife Robyn
Douglas, Sister’s Pick led to the home turn where
the favourite Din drew alongside.
Din (Chelsea Hillier, $2.40) veered wide and
raced greenly while Sisters Pick (Jake Pracey-
Holmes, $51) raced away to score by over two
lengths with Pants On Fire (Ronald Simpson, $5) a
head away third.
Jake Pracey-Holmes is riding in great form and
the other legs of a treble, My Mirka ($15) for
Mudgee trainer David Smith and the Michael Lunn,
Dubbo trained Charlotting ($3.30 fav.) both led all
Former Queensland galloper Mishani Vandal is
going well for Dubbo trainer Cindy Monaghan with
two recent wins including the 1300 metres QUBE
Agri Country Boosted Benchmark 50 Handicap at
Well ridden by apprentice Ronald Simpson, Mishani Vandal ($10 to $5.50) came from midfield to win by over two lengths from Oh No Bro (Jake Pracey-Holmes, $12) and the leader Searchlight (Shayleigh Ingelse, $16). Wyong trainer Damien Lane, formerly from Coonamble, helped punters get off to a good start when Jacky Dee (Patrick Scorse, $2.70 to $2.25 fav.) after sharing the lead won the 1100 metres Aqua West Maiden Plate from Vanoureuce (Ronald Simpson, $3.40) and Decaulette (Jake Pracey- Holmes, $7).