Mnementh delivers Mitch Beer emotional Wagga Town Plate victory

Mitch Beer (right) and owner Mick Dyordyevic were all smiles after winning Thursday’s Wagga Town Plate with Mnementh.

The beer will flow in Wagga tonight, and for a good reason, after Mitch Beer won the 2023 Wagga Town Plate (1200m) with Albury sprinter Mnementh. 

Ridden by Winona Costin, the six-year-old runner-up from 2022 started an $11 chance, and went one better, finishing strongly in the $200,000 event as he edged last year’s winner and race favourite Front Page (Tyler Schiller, $2.60) by 0.1 of a length – in third and 0.49 of a length away was the Richard and Will Freedman-trained Ang Pow (Jeff Penza, $6). 

“That was unreal,” Beer said after the win. 

“I moved from Mornington, and this is the only horse I’ve got left; he’s carried me financially through some pretty rough times when I moved up here. 

“I wanted to buy the horse, and I was cactus and had nothing, and all the committee at Albury supported me and jumped in, and for this horse to do that for them, it’s just bloody unreal.”

Mnementh’s rise through the ranks is one of fairy tales, with the Eurozone gelding going from a Wagga maiden win in late 2019 and country wins at Albury and Leeton in 2020 and 2021 to victories in the 2022 Albury City Handicap, metropolitan success at Rosehill Gardens and Ballarat, and now a Wagga Town Plate victory. 

“He got beat in a Tocumwal Cup, and he was a third emergency (in this race) last year and was 80/1 and ran second to Front Page, who was very game today from that barrier and with that weight, and it was a real duel,” Beer said. 

“Wins like this make you so proud of all the people you’ve got around you, from owners to vets and my staff, and what a ride by Winona.

“They are special wins, and they mean a lot in this community, and to win a race like that, for an area we call home now, is very special.”

It’s been well-documented that Beer calls on an excellent support team, and he had nothing but praise and possibly a hangover for his staff. 

“They are a great bunch; they will be absolutely roaring at home, and I hope they have an earlier night than me because there’s no way we are making it back to Albury tonight,” Beer laughed. 

It was a great ride by Costin that netted the famous victory, and she praised the Wagga racecourse for giving every horse their chance on the day. 

“Obviously, Front Page is a very talented horse, but our horse just dug in, and the track presented in magnificent order today, and it’s giving every horse their fan chance,” Costin said. 

It was a memorable win for the popular hoop, and she was pleased with the feature race victory. 

“This horse was trained to the minute, and he was fantastic out there,” Costin said. 

“It’s great to get down to Wagga; I come down here during the year, but to win the Town Plate is brilliant.”

It was a massive day of racing at Wagga, and day two of the Murrumbidgee Turf Club Wagga Gold Cup carnival continues tomorrow. 

For Thursday’s results, click here

For Friday’s fields, click here.