No whip, no worries as Robbie Dolan weaves magic in Gooree Park Cup

Robbie Dolan (green, yellow and red silks) steers the Jim and Greg Lee-trained Constructionmaster to victory in Sunday’s Gooree Park Cup. Photo: Racing Photography.

A keenly-contested Gooree Park Cup (1400m) has seen the Jim and Greg Lee-trained Constructionmaster come out on top to claim the $40,000 feature at Mudgee on Sunday. 

There was a speed battle up front, with the Tara and Philippe Vigouroux-trained Zouologist (Winona Costin, $12) and the Mack Griffith-trained Osman (Mitchell Bell, $1.80) running the big field along. 

Turning for home, the field fanned wide, and Constructionmaster (Robbie Dolan, $9) came from the rear of the field and flew from the clouds to win by 4.41 lengths from a very game Zouologist, while in third and 4.72 lengths back was the Connie Greig-trained Deel Street (Ken Dunbar, $12).

Incredibly, Dolan had to ride with the luck of the Irish after he lost his whip when turning for home, but the popular hoop said he was on the right horse, with the five-year-old Nostradamus gelding winning with his ears pricked. 

“I dropped my whip at about the 500 (metre mark), and I never had a chance to really correct him or do anything,” Dolan said.

“It was just point and shoot; he knew the rest, and he still has a bit of upside this horse; although he is an older horse, he still has a lot of upside.”

Constructionmaster now boasts four wins and five placings from 20 starts, and he entered the race following a solid win in a 1400m Benchmark 58 Handicap at Nowra on April 18.

It was a step up in class in Sunday’s Gooree Park Cup, but Dolan believes the considerable drop in weight helped his charge.

“Doing the form for this race, I couldn’t believe he was such a big price,” Dolan said. 

“I think he dropped about seven and a half kilos coming into this race, and I’m a lightweight jockey, meaning he would have carried a lot of dead weight the last time.”

Constructionmaster’s good win in the feature race headlined a big day of racing at Mudgee.

In other races on the day, Jett Stanley combined with the Annabel Neasham yard when booting home a winning double. 

The 1.5-kilogram claiming apprentice won on Master Right ($1.40) in the 1400m Maiden Handicap and Moritz Girl ($7.50) in the 1100m two-year-old Handicap. 

For Mudgee’s results, click here.