Lewis lands treble, Lundholm claims feature at Tomingley

Zara Lewis and the Ashley Gibson-trained Foxstorm won again at Tomingley on Saturday. Image: Racing Photography.

Adapting to a significant change in distance, the Clint Lundholm-trained Avalicious before a record-breaking crowd on Saturday won the 1500m Alkane Resources Tomingley Picnic Cup.

At the previous start in TAB company, Avalicious had finished a creditable fourth in the 2400m Iron Horse Handicap won by Blue Guitar at the Wellington Boot carnival.

Tumbarumba galloper Namarari led the Tomingley Cup field from Dancing In The Sky, with Avalicious settling nicely in third position for Narromine jockey Ricky Blewitt.

Over the closing stages, Avalicious ($2.40 to $1.70 favourite) wore down Namarari (Zara Lewis, $12) to win by a half-length with a length to third-placed Valadyium (Dylan Parrott, $7).

Ricky Blewitt had earlier won the 800m Lowes Petroleum-Eric Pugh Memorial Maiden Plate on the Wayne Collison, Narromine-trained Typhoon Ginger.

Backing up from an unplaced run at Nyngan two days before, Typhoon Ginger ($6) led all the way to beat the Victorian-trained Kingzan (Tony Williams, $2.20 equal favourite) and Mary Louise (Leandro Ribeiro, $2.20).

Kylie Kennedy, the daughter of Wayne Collison, is also a trainer at Narromine, and she won the 1150m Elders Insurance/JDP Diesel Repairs Maiden Plate with Jet Missile (Dylan Parrott, $1.50 favourite), which led throughout to defeat Petite Vielle (Izzy Neale ($3.80) and On Another Level (Zara Lewis, $4.60).

Gilgandra-based Zara Lewis, with excellent rides, achieved a winning treble, Redline, Foxstorm and Intense.

From the Geoff O’Brien stable at Quirindi, Redline (Zara Lewis, $6.50) burst through the centre of a pack to gain a three-way photo finish win over the leader Juliette Street (Eloise Drews, $5) and Better Judgement (Leandro Ribeiro, $3.20 favourite) in the 800m Inland Petroleum Class 2 Trophy Handicap.

Given a charmed run behind the leaders by Zara Lewis in the 1150m Total Diesel Repairs Class 3 Trophy Handicap, Foxstorm ($4.20) finished best to account for Allende (Leandro Ribeiro, $3.50 equal favourite) and Individualist (Izzy Neale, $4.60).

Trained at Gilgandra by Ashley Gibson, Foxstorm has won Picnic races this season at Mungery, Condobolin, Grenfell and Tomingley and is a good prospect for the $50,000 Picnic Championship Final at Coonamble in October.

Bookmakers were sent home on a losing note when the heavily supported Intense won the 1500m Wonga/Durock Drilling Class B Handicap for Coonabarabran trainer Wayne Martyn.

Baked from $4 to $1.80 favourite, Intense (Zara Lewis) breezed along with a good lead and eventually won by almost five lengths from Kirameki (Eloise Drews, $$7) and Hammoon Sunshine (Leandro Ribeiro, $4.40).

Upcoming picnic race meetings will be at Boorawa on Saturday and Marthaguy (Quambone) on Saturday, May 11.

Meanwhile, Western and Central Districts professional racing heads to Binnaway on Saturday, May 4, followed by Bathurst on Sunday, May 5, and Wellington on Tuesday, May 7.