Beasley steals the show on Wagga Gold Cup day

Danny Beasley. Photo: TAB.

Despite the running of the $200,000 Wagga Wagga Gold Cup headlining day two of the Wagga carnival on Friday, It was the Danny Beasley show at Murrumbidgee Turf Club

The 14-time Group One-winning jockey returned home to Wagga late last year following a successful stony in Singapore, and he has been dominant in the Southern Districts. 

After winning on the Tim Donnelly-trained Cliff House ($4.20) in the 1600m Benchmark 66 Handicap at Wagga on Thursday, he won four more races on Friday. 

In fact, he kicked off the card, winning the first four on the program, booting home doubles for Gregory Hickman and Tim Donnelly. 

In the opening event, he won on the Country Kilkenny (Donnelly, $5.50), which won by almost three lengths in the 1200m Maiden Plate, and he backed that up with a good one-length win on Unwritten (Hickman, $10) in the 1000m Class Three Handicap. 

Beasley’s hat-trick arrived in the third on Packer (Hickman, $9), which got home by half-a-length in the 1300m Benchmark 58 Handicap before he brought up his winning-quartet in the fourth, this time guiding Participator (Donnelly, $2.70) to another dominant win in the 1200m Benchmark 74 Handicap.

While it wasn’t a win, Beasley then put in a fantastic effort on the Gary Colvin-trained Another One ($10), which finished a game fourth, beaten only 0.33 of a length by the Chris Waller-trained Wicklow (Brett Prebble, $5) in the 2000m Wagga Wagga Gold Cup.

In an interview with Sky Racing’s Graeme White, Beasley was happy to do his region proud. 

“To come here today, I’m representing Wagga and not representing myself,” Beasley said.

“I feel like this is our big day, and I came here to wear my heart on the sleeve and represent the town; hopefully, I was doing them proud.”

On a big day at Wagga, Wicklow’s victory in the Wagga Wagga Gold Cup was a thrilling end to the feature races on the card.

Wicklow stormed home late to win by 0.01 of a length from the Josh O’Shea-trained Lion’s Roar (Josh Parr, $8), while in third and 0.3 of a length back was the Chris Waller-trained Kukeracha (Kerrin McEvoy, $18). 

Greg Hickman, who trained a winning treble on Friday, took out the Murrumbidgee Turf Club Guineas (1600m), with his three-year-old Smartawi (Tyler Schiller, $11) proving a little strong on the $80,000 event when knocking off the Keith Dryden-trained Offspring (Jeff Penza, $8) by 1.66 lengths – in third and 1.99 lengths back was the Kurt Goldman-trained Arts Object (Alysha Collett, $31). 

Keith Dryden went one better in the Queen of the South (1400m), with In De Summertime (Oliver Chambers, $13) getting home by 0.96 of a length from the Norm Gardner-trained Keep It Down (Jordan Mallyon, $41), while in third and 1.94 lengths back was the Mick Travers-trained Mathrin (Tyler Schiller, $12). 

On Thursday, the Mitch Beer-trained Mnementh (Winona Costin, $11) won the $200,000 Wagga Town Plate (1200m). 

For Thursday’s results, click here

For Friday’s results, click here.