Big crowd celebrates local win in Soldier’s Saddle

Connections of Fletchlo after their win in the 2024 Soldier’s Saddle at Bathurst. Image: Racing Photography.

Greeted with enthusiasm by the very big crowd at Bathurst on Anzac Day was the win by local galloper Fletchlo in the prestigious Bathurst RSL Club Soldiers Saddle over 1400m.  

The lightly raced Fletchlo is trained by Gayna Williams and this was the four-year-old gelding’s fourth win from nine starts. 

Xeiby and Musical Affair set a fast pace while Fletchlo and another well-performed local galloper, De Forerunner from the Dean Mirfin stable, raced near the tail of the field.  

Brogans Creek (Nick Heywood, $16) hit the front in the straight but, in an exciting finish, was beaten a half neck by the heavily supported Fletchlo (Mikayla Weir, $4.20 to $2.80 favourite) with De Forerunner (Ashley Morgan, $4.40) less than a length away third. 

Success for local trainers came early, with Nasty Streak, prepared by Roy McCabe, winning the opening event, the 1100m Elders Emms Mooney Country Boosted Maiden Plate.  

Well ridden by Bathurst-based Ashleigh Stanley, Nasty Streak ($3.50) came down the outside with a late run to beat Conversations (Jake Pracey-Holmes, $5.50) and Baby Daisy (Pierre Boudvillain, $4.80) in a three-way photo finish.  

Talented apprentice Will Stanley, the brother of Ashleigh Stanley, later won the 1100m JB Civil Contracting-Bill Aspros Cup on Lady Shenanigans for Hawkesbury trainers Mitchell & Desiree Kearney.

Burdened with 64.5kg, Lady Shenanigans ($7.50 to $11) was very courageous when coming from fourth on the home turn to wear down Arithamea (Olivia Chambers, $14 to  $9) and Lohnraki (Courtney Ferris, $3.90).  

Warwick Farm trainer Bjorn Baker has an enviable record at Bathurst, and it was yet another double when O’Ziggy (Ashley Morgan, $1.75 to $1.60 fav.) led throughout to win the 1800 metres Kennards Hire Class 1 & Maiden Plate by over six lengths and debut maker Perfumist (Ashley Morgan, $1.60 fav.) came from well back to win the 1100m Central West Electrical Gold Nugget 2YO Handicap.  

The other winners were Forbidden Gemstone (Teaghan Martin, $5), trained at Canberra by Garry Kirkup and Drunken Sailor (Mathew Cahill, $8.50), trained at Hawkesbury by James Ponsonby. 

Bathurst will next race on Tuesday, May 7.