Molly Bourke adds Adaminaby Cup to the mantlepiece

Molly Bourke (right) was all smiles with Tayla Wilson (left) after winning the 2022 Adaminaby Cup on Saturday when aboard the Barbara Joseph, Paul and Matt Jones-trained She’s All In.

Tumbarumba product Molly Bourke landed her second country cup victory in a week when riding at the Sapphire Coast on Saturday.

Following on from her all the way victory aboard Nieces and Nephews in Gundagai’s Hair of the Dog Cup on November 12, Bourke came out and won the transferred Adaminaby Cup aboard She’s All In.

Starting as the $1.70 favourite in the $20,000 feature, She’s All In led all the way in the 1400m event, and Bourke had an easy time of things out in front, winning by more than four lengths on the seven-year-old when beating the Rob Potter-trained Madison Point (Damon Budler, $3.20) in second and the Anita Walder-trained Big Steve (Brendan Ward, $6) in second.

“I thought she was the best horse in the race because it was a step back from that city grade for her and she thrived against that lower class of horse,” Bourke said.

“We went there just hoping the race would pan out the way we expected. We had the widest gate, and we hoped they wouldn’t take us on with the lead, and they didn’t, and it worked out good for her.”

The Adaminaby meeting was transferred to the Sapphire Coast on Saturday following last week’s rain, and Bourke said she had always planned on riding at the meeting.

“I said I wanted to go to Adaminaby and my manager half thought I was crazy,” Bourke laughed. 

“I love those bush community tracks, and it is such a thrill to ride at those meetings because their communities get right behind them, and everyone is so excited; there’s nothing like it.”

Bourke’s two most recent country cup victories have arrived for the in-form Barbara Joseph, Paul and Matt Jones stable, and the two-kilogram claimer is thrilled to be riding for the Canberra and Sapphire Coast based training partnership.

“Barb approached us after the win in the Hair of the Dog Cup and asked me if I wanted to jump on again at the Sapphire Coast as her stable jockey Quayde Krogh was riding in town,” Bourke said. 

“I am really grateful for the opportunities, and since their apprentice left, they have been supporting me a lot and so far, I’ve had five rides for them for three wins, a second and a fifth.”

Bourke came out and rode another winner for the Joseph Jones racing team at Queanbeyan on Sunday, this time guiding Irish Dancer ($11) to victory in the 1600m Class One Handicap.

The result caps off a terrific run of form for the apprentice, and she is just happy to be getting the job done in the saddle.

“It’s definitely good to be getting winners and it helps when you’re on a roll because it means you can keep getting on those good horses,” Bourke said. 

Bourke, who is apprentice to Doug Gorrel, has four rides at Wagga today and she is hoping to add more winners to her record. 

In other results at Adaminaby’s meeting held at the Sapphire Coast on Saturday, the David Kelley-trained Hard game (Jack Martin, $2.70) won the 1000m Maiden Handicap, beating the Joseph and Jones-trained Sherman (Molly Bourke, $5) in second and the Mel Harrison-trained-Allikah (Jess Del Frari, $4.60) in third. 

Anita Walder and Brendan Ward combined to win the 1000m Class One Handicap with Hey Dugee ($5), while race favourite Blackhill Kitty ($Ruby Haylock, $2.70) for Nat Jarvis finished second and the Lauren Davies-trained Rock ‘N’ Tori (Molly Bourke, $5) came third. 

Tumut Cup winner Gwennybegg (Zara Castellaz-Faico, $3.20) fired in the 1600m Benchmark 58 Handicap for Jindabyne trainer Georgie Boucher, beating the Joseph and Jones-trained Cash Register (Richard Benley, $3.20) in second and the Rodney Howes-trained Ivira (Molly Bourke, $5) in third.  

Yass trainer Allan McRae won the 1400m Maiden Plate with Pre Eminent (Damon Budler, $9), which beat the Georgie Boucher-prepared Grosses Plain (Zara Castellaz-Faico, $4) in second the Mel Harrison-trained Keys To Love (Scott Pollard, $4.60) in third. 

The final race on the program was the 1200m Benchmark 45 Handicap and the Clare Mansell-trained Vintage Borossa (Olivia Chambers, $8) got the job done, beating the Mick Smith-trained Canford Calling (Brendan Ward, $4.20) in second and the Warren Ganderton-trained Kentucky Award (Jack Matin, $4) in third. 

For full results from Saturday’s Sapphire Coast meeting, readers can click here.