Col Hodges Race Day Review from Sunday the 27th June at Dubbo.
Written by Col Hodges.
Hunter Valley publican Wayne Brown as a racehorse owner and sponsor puts a lot in to countryracing and he had a just reward with a winning treble which includedNowyouknowmi, winner of the feature event on Sunday, at Dubbo.
For several years Brown had considerable success when his team was trained atNyngan by Rodney Robb and often accompanied Robb on trips to race at remotetracks in Queensland, Northern Territory and West Australia.
After a long and successful career Rodney Robb scaled back his operation tobecome more of a hobby trainer and the majority of the Wayne Brown gallopersare now with the Darren Egan stable at Scone.
Highlight of the Dubbo meeting was when the 14 qualifiers from the Heats linedup for the $30,000 Final of the Dubbo RSL Winter Country Classin, a Benchmark58 Handicap over 1300 metres.
Ridden by the talented apprentice Reece Jones, Nowyouknowmi ( $4.60 favourite )was well positioned fifth to the home turn and after reaching the lead won byover a length from Wishfilly ( Casey Waddell,$6.50 ) and Zoutenant ( ClaytonGallagher,$7 ).
Either side of the win by Nowyouknowmi, Fifteen Rounds ( Michael Heagney,$4.80) and Lancer ( Casey Waddell,$13 ) were the winners for Darren Egan and WayneBrown.
Nyngan couple Ken and Kerry Wright were understandably very happy when theirthree year gelding Rylan’s Pick made a winning debut in the 1100 metres KingsHall Jewellers Maiden Plate.
Trained by Clint Lundholm and ridden by Jake Pracey-Holmes, Rylan’s Pick ( $19) after jumping from an outside barrier and tracking the leaders, finished bestto account for Super Chance ( Tony Cavallo, $3.70 ) and Steel Factor ( ClaytonGallagher,$3.20 favourite ).
Second leg of a double for Jake Pracey-Holmes was aboard Cthonia for Mudgeetrainer Mark Milton in the 2200 metres Dubbo Rhino Lodge Benchmark 58 Handicap.
Winner of the recent 1850 metres Bligh Picnic Cup by over 13 lengths, Cthoniaas a $4 chance at Dubbo, ran home strongly to beat Promesa ( ClaytonGallagher,$5.50 ) and Careering Away ( Yvette Lewis,$3.30 fav.)
Owned by Terry Fulwood and trained at Narromine by Kylie Kennedy, Happy Az ( $7) took the lead from Hitman at the top of the straight and responding to hardriding from Clayton Gallagher held on to win the Maiden Handicap ( 1400metres ) from Tintern Power ( Tony Cavallo,$4.40 ) and Swiss Scent ( GrantBuckley, $3.70 fav.).
Patiently ridden by Tony Cavallo, the Kody Nestor, Dubbo trained Toulon Brook ($4.40 ) overhauled stablemate Five Star Gal ( Liam Blanch,$9 ) to win by alength with Slatey Bay ( Nick Hyde,$3.70 ) third in the 1600 metres North DubboRSL Sportiest Benchmark 66 Handicap.
The next meeting at Dubbo is on Friday 16th July.
Meanwhile , Duck Creek Picnics on Saturday, Mudgee ( TAB ) on Sunday and Warren( TAB ) on Tuesday 6th July.