Dubbo double continues good run for Cindy Monaghan

Jake Pracey-Holmes guided Candid to a thrilling win at Dubbo on Sunday. Image: Racing Photography.

With a relatively small team of gallopers, trainer Cindy Monaghan has achieved good results over recent months, winning seven races at TAB meetings, including a double on Sunday at Dubbo.  

The winning run for Dubbo-based Monaghan started with Friendly Sizzle winning at Gilgandra, followed by Precious Socks (Moree and Gilgandra), Edith’s Joy (Gilgandra), Peony Surprise (Coonamble), and Sunday’s Dubbo double with Candid and Always A Saint. 

Aggressively ridden by Jake Pracey-Holmes, Candid shared the lead with Rockin’ Edition in the run to the home turn in the 1000m Western Plains Automotive Class One Handicap.  

Hitting the front, the Margaret Johnson-owned-and-bred Candid ($17) fought on grimly to prevail in a three-way photo finish from Onyspeed (Patrick Scorse, $13) and Who Ever Thought (Grant Buckley, $3.80).

After four starts in Victoria, local racing identities Tim Moses and Angus Barlow purchased Always A Saint, which won first up for Monaghan in the 1000m Precision Health Care Maiden Plate.  

Leading apprentice Braith Nock brought the $2.35 favourite Always A Saint with a strong run on the inside from fifth on the turn to win by almost two lengths from High Charge (Georgina McDonnell, $7.50) and the leader Little Ditty (Grant Buckley, $3.80).  Displaying abundant early pace, the Wayne Collison, Narromine-trained Sisters Pick crossed quickly from an outside barrier in the 1200m Western Star Hotel-Reeve Wheeler Memorial Benchmark 58 Handicap.  

Owned by the trainer’s wife, Robyn Douglas, Sisters Pick (Cobi Vitler, $4.20) made it four wins and three placings from 11 starts when leading throughout to beat Eilrahc (Will Stanley, $8.50) and the strongly supported Plenitude (Jake Pracey-Holmes, $5.50 to $3.60 favourite).  

Indicating the prospect of further wins as race distances increase, the John Ramsey, Scone trained Warialda Warrior was too classy in the 1600m Maas Mile Benchmark 58 Handicap.  

Prior to a spell, Warialda Warrior finished eighth of 16 in the Victoria Derby won by Riff Rocket and was backed from $2.25 to $1.70 favourite at Dubbo.  

Settling behind the leaders, Warialda Warrior, when given more rein by Darryl McClellan, ran home powerfully to win by over two lengths from the leader Avalicious (Jake Pracey-Holmes, $10) and Rubiland (Serg Lisnyy, $26).  

Fletchlo (Mikayla Weir, $4.60 fav.) from the Gayna Williams stable at Bathurst is another with plenty of ability and looked good winning the 1400m Class 3 Handicap.  The opening races were won by Dubbo trainers Clint Lundholm with Karaoke King (Zoe Hunt, $3.60) and Connie Greig with Laisvas (Mikayla Weir, $5.50).  

Dubbo Turf Club’s racecourse is now rated amongst the very best for being able to race safely and fairly after heavy rain.  

Over 100mm was received in the lead-up to the meeting on Sunday.  

Western and Central Districts racing heads to Wellington for their Wellington Boot Carnival on Friday and Sunday, while Grenfell Picnic Race Club hosts their meeting on Saturday.