Victorian trainer Russell Green, a frequent visitor to western New South Wales tracks from his Wangaratta stables, won the $10,000 WesTrac Cobar Cup (1,700 metres) on Saturday with War Horse.
Parkes jockey Tiffany Jeffries gave War Horse a nice run, parking her mount behind the leaders Vavavic and Teraset (trained by Cobar local Wayne Prisk).
In the run home, War Horse (5.00) was too good for Right Of Reply (Michael Hackett, 3.40 favourite) and Filomena (Aaron Sweeney, 3.50).
The members of the Cobar Camels rugby union syndicate who race Kabloom didn’t forget to visit the bookmakers before the start of the Sam’s Liquid Waste and Hire Class 2 Handicap, 1000 metres.
Trained at Cobar by Prisk, Kabloom (3.10 to 3.00 favourite) was well ridden by Melbourne based Grant Challinger, after tracking the speedy Icanacandy, raced to a two and quarter lengths win in new track record time over Mayor Lilliane Brady’s horse Three Rar (Clayton Gallagher, 3.50) and Icanacandy (Ken Dunbar, 3.40).
Bred and raced by Neil and Margaret Johnson from Geurie and trained at Gulgong by Brett Thompson, Eyesaw (Ken Dunbar, 5.50 to 11.00) established a big lead and stayed there finishing a runaway winner from Mr Swift (Aaron Sweeney, 4.60) and War Groom (Michael Hackett, 4.40 to 4.20 fav) in the Sullivan’s Mining and Hardware Vinty Delaney Memorial Class 1 Handicap, 1,200 metres.
Saturlina, second leg of a double for Brett Thompson and Dubbo jockey Ken Dunbar, prevailed in a very close finish to the Landmark Russell Dr Allan Brady Memorial Benchmark 45 Handicap, 1,370 metres.
Coming from midfield, Saturlina (4.00 fav) took the lead and lasted to beat the Bob Wenning, Forbes trained Bold Horatio (Michael Hackett, 4.40) by a nose with another Forbes galloper, the Bill Hayes trained King Brown (Crystal Conning 10.00) finishing third.
Broken Hill trainer Heidi Smith had a winning double with Divine Zar (Broughton Field Services George Booth Memorial Maiden Plate, 1000 metres) and Ordynski’s Hill (KML Industries Buckman Family Memorial Benchmark 50 Handicap, 1,200 metres), both ridden by Mudgee apprentice Aaron Sweeney.
Close to home Divine Zar (6.00) ran down the Wayne Prisk, Cobar trained Miashly (17.00) with Major Speed (Nyssa Burrells, 7.00), third, while Ordynski’s Hill (6.00) was a strong finishing winner over Frisky Cruiser (Tiffany Jeffries, 11.00 to 7.00) and Ring ’N’ Swing (6.00).
The Cobar Miners Race Club meet attracted a big crowd and the racecourse presentation was outstanding.—Colin Hodges