Ladies take delight in Stanley’s Orange treble

Will Stanley, pictured here after a win at Cowra in January, brought up a treble at Orange on Saturday.
Image: Jeff Hanson.

Will Stanley again proved he is one of the best up-and-coming apprentices in NSW, with the 20-year-old riding a treble at Orange on Saturday. 

It was Epiroc Lady’s Day, and Stanley, who’s now on 62 career wins, brought much delight to two leading ladies of the Central Districts, scoring a double for Parkes trainer Sharon Jeffries before winning for his boss and Orange-based trainer Alison Smith. 

Stanley and Jeffries kicked off their day with a win after Sepearl ($7) held on for a thrilling victory in the 1010m Maiden Plate. 

Engaged in a head-bobbing battle with the Brett Thompson-trained Byron’s Farm (Jake Pracey-Holmes, $15), Stanley found the front on the Sepoy mare, and she just held on as her Gulgong rival made one last lunge.  

Jeffries and Stanley brought up their double in the 1410m Benchmark 50 Handicap with Crazy Wolf ($5), holding on in what was another tantalising finish. 

Racing midfield and on the rail, Stanley was happy for the Melissa Harrison-trained Bobby’s Secret to lead the field at a good clip.

Stanley saved ground on the inside and found the front with a half-furlong remaining.

From there, the pair held on gamely to win by a half-head from the fast-finishing stablemate Neidr Dawn (Shayleigh Ingelse, $11) while flashing strongly for third and beaten a head was the Melissa Harrison-trained Gilded Crown (Pierre Boudbillain, $15). 

Stanley then teamed up with his boss to win the final race on the Orange card when guiding Can Do It ($4.40) to a dominant victory in the 1010m Benchmark 50 Handicap. 

After starting moderately from gate one, Stanley followed the rails. 

He led, turning for home, and from there, they powered to a nearly four-length victory from the George Hoy-trained Twin Seas (Rebecca Bronett-Prag, $10) in second and the Sharon Jeffries-trained Sauce Dragon (Shayleigh Ingelse, $5) in third.

Annabel Neasham enjoyed Lady’s Day success at Orange, with the Sydney stable scoring a double on the Sky 2 meeting. 

Racing Kyral (Ellen Hennessey, $21), the stable won the 1290m Maiden Handicap before Invasive ($3.40) helped Stefano Cherchi to his first Australian win as a jockey when taking out the 1290m Class Two Handicap. 

The Gerald Ryan and Sterling Alexiou-trained Super Defense (Brandon Lerena, $1.70) was also a good winner when taking out the 1610m Maiden Plate.

The Racing Orange season will heat up over the next month and a half. 

The club races again on March 11 before hosting Legends Day and the Orange Cup Prelude on Sunday, March 24. 

Then, on Friday, April 19, the time-honoured Orange Cup is the focus, with the winner eligble for the $3 million Big Dance.

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