Moruya visitor rewarded for Bathurst trip

Pierre Boudvillain rides Cartography to victory at Bathurst on Friday. Image: Racing Photography.

Unrewarded for a long trip from the far south coast last week, Moruya trainer Greg Stephens was back in the Central Districts with Cartography on Friday to win the final event at Bathurst.

Unplaced at Parkes, Greg Stephens was relieved when Cartography gained the judge’s verdict at Bathurst in a thrilling finish to the 1200m Shane Adams Tribute Country Boosted Benchmark 58 Handicap.

Taking the lead from Namid when heads turned for home, Cartography ($13), ridden by French jockey Pierre Boudvillain and Ida’s Rules (Olivia Chambers, $2.40 favourite) had a stirring battle down the straight with Cartography prevailing by a half head while Rupertson (Robbie Downey, $8.50) was over three lengths away third.

Bathurst-based trainer Dean Mirfin, who prepares Ida’s Rules, had earlier won the 1200m Country Boosted Maiden Handicap with debut maker Chico Casino, which had impressed in a recent trial.

Leading throughout, Chico Casino (Mathew Cahill, $2.30 to $2 favourite) had a comfortable win from Luskin Vain (Chelsea Ings, $21) and Nightwalker (Grant Buckley, $18).

Mikayla Weir won the opening races on Just Wai and Turnaround Time, trained at Warwick Farm, respectively, by Jason Coyle and John Steinmetz.

Just Wai ($12) led all the way in the 1100m Gayna Williams Tribute Maiden Plate, while Turnaround Time ($13) came from back in the field to win the 1800m Dean Mirfin Tribute BM 58 Handicap.

Apprentice jockey Braith Nock continued his great recent form when he brought the Greg Hickman, Warwick Farm-trained Packer ($6.50 to $8) with a well-timed run to beat the leader Musical Affair (Mitch Stapleford,  $4.20 to $7) and the strong finishing,  heavily backed Fletchlo ($3.10 to $1.85 favourite) in the 1400m Andrew Ryan Tribute BM 58 Handicap.

The 1100m Roy McCabe Tribute Class 1 Handicap resulted in a blanket finish with the Terry Croft, Hawkesbury trained Starros (Clayton Gallagher, $6) flashing down the outside to edge out Young Rebel (Andrew Adkins, $5), Can Do It (Olivia Chambers, $21) and the $1.95 favourite Line Of Law which was very slowly away.

Not so close was the win by the Claire Lever, Hawkesbury trained Luai (Grant Buckley, $1.85 to $1.55 fav.), which shot away in the straight to score by four lengths from Val D’Isere (Andrew Adkins, $4.60) and Lonhanova (Robbie Downey, $7) in the 1400 metres Paul Theobald Tribute Maiden Plate.

This week, Central Districts racing action heads to Bedgerabong Picnics on Saturday, while also on Saturday is the Tooraweenah Cup TAB meeting at Gilgandra, followed by Bathurst TAB on Monday, February 12.

With the crowd limited to about 2,500, entry to Bedgerabong races is by ticket only booked online.

Tickets are selling fast for this meeting, which is conducted on one of the most beautiful racecourses in NSW.