Another Plan takes out Walgett Cup

Andrew Banks guides the Garry Bignell trained Another Plan to victory in the 2021 Walgett Cup. Photo: Racing Photography.

Old stager Another Plan brought up career win number 12 on Saturday when winning the 1400m Walgett Cup. 

The Trusting gelding that is prepared by Garry Bignell, had Andrew Banks in the saddle, and after starting slowly, the seven-year-old powered home, finishing over the top of his rivals for a 1.86 lengths victory, beating Ballast in second, while race favourite, Solar Panel finished third. 

The Nyngan galloper was coming off a good win at Cunnamulla only a week earlier, and Bignell headed to Walgett confident of making it two on the trot. 

“He won at Cunnamulla the week before, I thought he was a bit of a chance on that run,” Bignell said.

“It wasn’t an easy race, and he got back a bit, but he worked home, and he won nicely at the finish.”

Bignell praised Banks for the smart ride, with the in-form hoop adding the Walgett Cup win to his recent double at Parkes. 

“It was a really good ride. He is a good rider that Andrew and he was the main reason we won,” Bignell said.

The 48-start veteran that once raced with the likes of Brett Cavanough and Rodney Robb, has been under Bignell’s care for 32 starts, and in that time, he has won eight races for the Nyngan trainer and owner Robert Pack.

“He came from Brett Cavanough, then Rodney Robb had him and we got him off them and he has done alright,” Bignell said. 

“His owner is a bit of a larrikin, and it is good to get a win for him.”

Bignell praised the Walgett Jockey Club for producing a good course and hosting a well-received meeting.

“I’ve had a bit of luck there over the years, and they haven’t raced there for a bit, so it was good to be back,” Bignell said. 

“It was a good meeting; the course was really good and there was a bit of a crowd.

“They had the surrounds done up really good and everything – it was a good day.” 

Punters kicked off the day strongly at Walgett, with favourites winning the first two races.

First up, it was Skull Cap winning the 1400m Maiden Handicap for trainer Jane Clement and apprentice jockey Yvette Lewis, beating home Brave Maddie and Fiery Belle. 

Dubbo trainer Clint Lundholm and Jake Pracey-Holmes then combined in the second, winning the 900m Maiden Plate with In The Road, who held off Superthena in second and Saloon Girl in third. 

Garry Bignell with Another Plan. Photo: Racing Photography.

Coonabarabran trainer Graeme Brooker then teamed up with Cheslea Ings in the 1000m Benchmark 50 Handicap, winning the race with Plectrum, holding off Geesheehan and Helcolore. 

Lundholm trained his second winner in the 1300m Class One Handicap, with Elissa Meredith utilising her three-kilo claim to help Gore Hoff home for the win, beating Golden Eclipse and Bonitas. 

In the last on the card, it was another apprentice winning, with Liam Blanch helping Valadyium get the choccies in the 1600m Benchmark 50 Handicap for trainer, Connie Greig, beating Ocean Hero and stablemate, Naoko.