COL Hodges Race Day Review - Mileston Hotel Ladies Day
By Col Hodges,
Scone based trainers won 5 of the 7 races at Dubbo onSunday including a winning treble for Cameron Crocket with One Penny,Irresistible Miss and Into The Fire.
Formerly from Mudgee, Crockett kicked off his treble withOne Penny ( Brooke Stower,$2.70 favourite ) which took the early lead in the1000 metres William Farrer Hotel Maiden Handicap and held off the strongfinishing Billabong Isle ( Kath Bell-Potomac,$13 ) by a neck with Kenderesi (Matthew Palmer,$16 ) a length away third.
Flashlin led for home in the 1300 metres Maiden Plate butthe Crockett trained Irresistible Miss ( Jake Pracey-Holmes, $4 ) finished bestto score by a half length from MissMilton,Grant Buckley,$2.80 fav.) and Flashlin ( Tiffany Jeffries,$21 ).
The Crockett treble came in consecutive races and it wasJake Pracey-Holmes again in the saddle when Into The Fire ( $4 ) kicked clearat the top of the straight before lasting to win by a short neck from MessyMiss ( Grant Buckley,$6.50 ) which ran on gamely to be short neck in front ofthe third placed Denace ( Clayton Gallagher,$6 ) in the 1000 metres Pig &Tinderbox Benchmark 66 Handicap.
Opening event, the 1000 metres Harvest Hotels MaidenHandicap saw the Brett Cavanough, Scone trained debut maker Tidal Rush (Madeline Owen,$5 ) emerging from the pack to overhaul Rhythmic Song ( BrookeStower,$3.70 fav.) and win by a short head with an improved run by Cherry Blue( Ashley Morgan,$31 ) to get third .
Rounding out the day for the Scone trainers, Optimo (Rory Hutchings,$3.10 fav.) from the Mark Schmetzer stable came from midfield tobeat Majority ( Clayton Gallagher,$9.50 ) and Manadria ( Elissa Meredith,$21 )in the 1100 metres Milestone Hotel Class 1 Handicap.
Halfway down the straight in the 1400 metres Brady’sRailway Hotel Class 3 Handicap there were several winning chances before theStephen Farley, Wyong trained Our Cousin Al ( Ashley Morgan,$4.40 equal fav. )edged past Celestial Doll ( Matthew Palmer,$18 ) to score by a short half headwith a long head to the third placed Costas ( Clayton Gallagher,$8 ).
Saving the best till last, local trainer Garry Lunn wonthe 1600 metres Courthouse Hotel Benchmark 58 Handicap with Honeywine which isowned by his brother Wayne “Bronco “ Lunn who is a shearing contractor fromCarinda.
Having the first start since coming to Dubbo fromVictoria, Honeywine ( Reece Jones,$8.50 ) took the lead 800 metres out and wonby three lengths from Riders In The Stand ( Clayton Gallagher,$4.40 fav.) andThe Scotsman ( Daniel Northey,$8.50 ).
Racing at Orange on Friday and Cowra on Saturday.