Fog clears as Darren Graham lands QLD metro win

The Darren Graham-trained Bean Foggy triumphed at Eagle Farm on Saturday. Image: Darren Winningham.

Darren Graham celebrated a metropolitan win across the border on Saturday, with Bean Foggy getting the job done at Eagle Farm. 

With Kyle Wilson-Taylor in the saddle, the five-year-old started a $10 chance in the 1400m no metro wins special conditions race. 

From gate three, Bean Foggy raced four back and one out from the fence before drifting back to settle midfield as Dreamdeel (Robbie Dolan, $8.50) led the field along at a good clip.

Wilson-Taylor unleashed the Murwillumbah galloper on the home straight, and they drove through on the inside, splitting runners to find the front. 

The final half-furlong was an out-and-out battle, as Bean Foggy ($10) held off the Desleigh Forster-trained Too Hard To Refuse (Jim Byrne, $14) by a half-length while nearly two lengths back in third was the Tony and Maddysen Sears-trained Goldeeluck (Angela Jones, $4.40).

Graham was thrilled to win the $85,000 event and praised Wilson-Taylor on the winning ride.

“He’s a nice little pony, and he tries,” Graham said. 

“He’s not real big, and he gets a lot of weight down home, but it’s good for him to crack it here. 

“We had a nice draw, nice weight, and a big, long straight, and he was ridden perfectly; it was a ten-out-of-ten ride.”

A country Championships hopeful in 2023, Bean Foggy won the 2023 $150,000 Northern Rivers qualifier at Coffs Harbour in February of last year before running 13th of 16 in the $500,000 final when beaten by Sizzle Minizzle in very heavy conditions. 

He’s started 26 times for five wins and nine minor placings, earning connections a tick over $225,000.

Still, he was 14 months between drinks when racing at Eagle Farm on Saturday, having gone nine starts without a win, and Graham said the lean run wasn’t for lack of trying. 

“Last start, he was just going to be trapped wide, and the kid (Cody Collis) rode him perfectly, but he just had to roll and was left wanting,” Graham said.

“We found the right race today; it (the track) had the sting out of it, which suits because he doesn’t like it too heavy.”

Another Murwillumbah trainer enjoyed city success at Eagle Farm on Saturday, with Matthew Dunn preparing Stuck With You (Kyle Wilson-Taylor) for victory in the $85,000 Open Handicap (1825m). 

It was another very good ride by Wilson-Taylor, who gave the eight-year-old a soft run. The pair travelled on the rails in third and fourth for most of the race.

Trailing Dark Dream (Bailey Wheeler, $12) into the home straight, Wilson-Taylor drove through on the inside with Stuck With You ($18), finding the front and holding on for a game-win.

Kyle Wilston-Taylor guides the Matthew Dunn-trained Stuck With You to victory at Eagle Farm on Saturday.

At the finish, the Murwillumbah galloper won by a nose from the Tony and Maddysen Sears-trained Red Wave (Robbie Dolan, $5.50). 

In third and a half-length behind the winner was the Chris Waller-trained Wairere Falls (Mark Du Plessis, $8).

Both Dunn and Graham will be back racing at Ballina tomorrow, with the Northern Rivers club set to host a bumper seven-race program.