A good day for locals at Orange

On Tuesday, William Stanley and the Alison Smith-trained Brief Statement were good winners at Orange.
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It can be tough for trainers at Orange, with the Central Districts racecourse a popular target for leading country stables and visiting metropolitan and provincial trainers. 

Still, Orange-based trainers and country stables generally held their own on Tuesday.

Local racing stalwart Alison Smith led the way with a training double, combining with in-form apprentice Will Stanley on both occasions.

The pair won with That’s Better ($3.60) in the 1010m Class One Handicap, and it was good to see that Life’s A Party and Gallant Star form holding firm. 

Stanley had the seven-year-old up on the speed, and the pair pulled away for a comfy length win from the Bjorn Baker-trained Line Of Law (Robbie Downey, $3.30).

Later in the program, Smith and Stanley celebrated their second win, with the ever-consistent Brief Statement ($3.90) making it win four from start number 17 when taking out the 1010m Benchmark 58 Handicap. 

It was a similar style of victory to their first, with Stanley racing the five-year-old on the speed before holding on for a gutsy win over the Mike Van Gestal-trained Titan Star (Braith Nock, $5) in second and the Bjorn Baker-trained Desperately (Robbie Downey, $1.95) in third.

Melissa Harrison, a relatively recent addition to the Orange training ranks, was left grinning from ear-to-ear when Gilded Crown ($41) surprised punters in the 1410m Maiden Plate.

Given a brilliant ride by Clayton Gallagher, who saved ground on the rails when trailing the early leaders, the seven-year-old was taken wide on the Orange straight and finished strongly when breaking through for his maiden win at start number 26.

Making the win all the sweeter was the fact that the Hallowed Crown gelding and perennial maiden defeated the Annabel Neasham-trained Resurrected (Ellen Hennessey, $4.20) by half a length. 

On a good day for country trainers, Brett Robb and Clayton Gallagher combined to win the 1010m Maiden Handicap with Carrana Anne ($2.70).

Gallagher later brought up his winning treble, riding for the in-form Kieren Hazelton when winning on Gilgandra galloper War Toy ($5.50) in the 1290m Class One Handicap. 

It was another Dubbo win in the 1410m Class Two Handicap and heat of the Rising Star Series when Elson Boy ($4.80) led throughout for apprentice Olivia Chambers. 

Rounding out the country winners, Toby Pracey prepared Brogans Creek (Braith Nock, $4.80) to win the 1290m Benchmark 58 Handicap. 

Hawkesbury visitor Jason Clisby did enjoy a good win at Orange, with Sarastrina (Grant Buckley, $5.50) a strong winner in the 1610m Benchmark 58 Handicap.