A Clint Lundholm hit and run mission with consistent galloper, Sticks ‘N’ Stones, has yielded yet another country cup for the Dubbo stable, with their five-year-old a good winner in Saturday’s Brewarrina Cod Cup.
Elissa Meredith guided the Bernardini mare to a half-length victory over the fast finishing Another Plan, while race favourite, Folkstone finished further half-length away in third.
The Brewarrina Cod Cup victory was special to the stable, with Lundholm reminiscing that he spent his formative years going to the races in the Western and North Western regions.
“It’s a fair way out there, and good to get the win,” Lundholm said.
“I grew up out at Coonamble and we always ended up at those sorts of meetings, and we ended up at those races and they supported pop and dads’ stables
“It’s a bit of both for me, I like to support those tracks, and I also try and find the right races for my horses.”
Lundholm didn’t make the trip on Saturday, instead sending Sticks ‘N’ Stones along with Connie Greig, who herself tasted success when bookending the meeting with Call Me Trinity winning the first, the 900m benchmark 58 Handicap, and Equilibrium winning the last on the card, the 1600m Benchmark 45 Handicap.
“She went out with Connie in the truck, and she looked after her for us,” Lundholm said.
“It was good to stay at home and get a good winner.”
The Dubbo trainer was more pleased to win the race for his apprentice hoop, Elissa Meredith.
“It is always good to win those feature cups and for our apprentice, Elissa, it’s a milestone win for her,” Lundholm said.
“Elissa rode her 10 out of 10, she was asked to follow Folkstone wherever it went, as I thought he was the horse to beat.
“She sat third behind it and did everything right – Another Plan flashed late but the race was run and won.”
Lundholm and his team are now preparing for a massive Saturday at Dubbo Turf Club, and the popular training was eyeing some local success as a big season of Central Districts racing kicks off.
“We have Dubbo next Saturday, and we could have upwards of 15 or so runners, with new horses in work,” Lundholm said.
“Dubbo gets really busy here on in, we have three meetings in the next month, then you have meetings in July, September, which lead into the cup.
“It’s a big period for the club and it’s good to have a big stable ready to target those good races.”