Elson Boy shines in Narromine Diggers Cup

Elson Boy and connections following his win in the Narromine Diggers Cup on Sunday. Image: Racing Photography.

Becoming established as an outstanding frontrunner, Elson Boy made it three wins in succession when taking out the 1300m USMC Diggers Cup on Sunday at Narromine.

At his previous start, Elson Boy had won the $150,000 WRA Country Championship Qualifier at Coonamble for the $1 million Final at Randwick.

Unfortunately, Elson Boy was scratched from the Final due to a temporary setback which was a huge disappointment for Dubbo trainer Dar Lunn and the owners Guy Mitchell from Binnaway and Rob Pratten from Dubbo.

Gallant Star, runner-up to Elson Boy at Coonamble, finished second to Asgarda in the Final.

Ridden by the talented apprentice Braith Nock, Elson Boy ($2.60 favourite) was straight to the front at Narromine and safely held off a spirited challenge from Gidgee Guy (Heavelon Van Der Hoven, $31) to win by a short neck with Deel Street (Mikayla Weir, $9.50) a length away third.

Bred and raced by Valerie Wray from Nyngan and formerly from Cobar, the six-year-old gelding Bean Hot displayed dazzling early speed from the outside barrier to lead all the way in the 1300m QUBE Agri Benchmark 50 Handicap.

Maintaining a good tempo under the skilful riding of apprentice Shannen Llewellyn, the Brett Robb trained Bean Hot ($3.40 favourite) won by a length from Mishani Vandal (Braith Nock, $5.50) and Mrs Bull (Mikayla Weir, $4.40).

“That was a tremendous thrill to see Bean Hot back as a winner after a long time out with injury”, Valerie Wray revealed.

She also explained that Bean Hot is the fifth-generation progeny of a broodmare owned by Valerie and her husband, the late Travern Wray, who is well-remembered as a successful and popular publican at Cobar.

Rodney Robb at Nyngan and his son Brett Robb at Dubbo have for many years been the trainers of the Wray-owned gallopers.

Mother and son, Bendemeer trainer Jane Clement and apprentice jockey Braith Nock combined to win the 1600m Narromine Shire Council Class 1 & Maiden Plate with The Great Armada.

From back in the field, The Great Armada ($17) saved ground with a rails run to beat Laisvas (Mikayla Weir, $8) and Miss Monopoly (Will Stanley, $7.50).

There was also a family connection in the 1100m Narromine USMC Maiden Plate when The Mooch ($3.50), trained at Cowra by Michael Lynch and ridden by his brother-in-law Mathew Cahill, led most of the way for a two-length win over Our Celebrity (Shayleigh Ingelse, $8) and Poppy Boxer (Mikayla Weir, $3.40 favourite).

Debut maker Release Point (Chelsea Hillier, $2.80 fav.) trained by Rod Northam won the 1100m Three Rivers Machinery Maiden Plate.

The Gayna Williams-trained Big Wandji (Mikayla Weir, $4.40) won the 1300m Australian Lighthorse Maiden Handicap, while the 1100 metres Joey Doueihi Memorial Benchmark 58 Handicap was won by Dupenny ($15) ridden by Mikayla Weir for trainer Brett Thompson.

Western and Central Districts racing action continues at Binnaway on Saturday, Bathurst on Sunday, and Wellington on Tuesday.