Orange treble for Mathew Cahill

Mathew Cahill scored a treble at Orange on Monday. Image: Racing Photography.

Long regarded as among the top-ranked jockeys in country New South Wales, Cowra-based Mathew Cahill was all class when landing a winning treble on Monday at Orange.

Man From Brussels and Bon Zipper are from Michael Lynch’s stables at Cowra, while Rufus Winwright, the other Cahill winner, is trained at Mudgee by Toby Pracey.

Contesting the opening race, the 1000m Ideal Conditions Country Boosted Maiden Plate, Man From Brussels ($2.40 favourite) settled third before finishing too well for the leader Byron’s Farm (Jake Pracey-Holmes, $2.50) to win by a length with The Mooch (Ken Dunbar, $12), a stablemate of the winner, in third place.

Trained by Michael Lynch for Ian Eastaway from Grenfell, the well-supported Bon Zipper ($6 to $4.40) made ground from midfield to chase down the leaders in the 1400m Kennards Hire Benchmark 58 Handicap.

Under strong riding from Mathew Cahill, Bon Zipper overhauled Zephyr Wings (Jake Pracey-Holmes, $8.50) in the final strides to score by a half-neck, while D’Oro Choice (Will Stanley, $11) was a long neck away third.

Rufus Winwright has been steadily improving for trainer Toby Pracey and staged a good performance to win the 2100m The Oriana Orange Benchmark 66 Handicap.

Near last early, Rufus Winwright (Mathew Cahill, $10) worked through the field to be in a position to challenge when heads turned for home.

Reaching the lead, Rufus Winwright held on to win by almost a length from Our Orator (Ashleigh Stanley, $16) and Weave That Web (Braith Nock, $6).

Coming off a good run when sixth of 14 in the $150,000 Newhaven Park Country Championship Qualifier at Mudgee, the Melissa Harrison, Orange-trained Kelilah won the 1280m Inland Digital Country Boosted Class 1 Handicap after a good battle with another locally trained galloper Eilrahc.

Returning to form, the Alison Smith-trained Eilrahc (Will Stanley, $7) set the pace but was eventually overhauled by Kelilah (Olivia Chambers, $1.60 to $1.50 favourite) and beaten a length, with Miss Monopoly (Mikayla Weir, $13) a half-length away third.

The other races were won by Warwick Farm trainers Garry Portelli with Kimono (Beany Panya, $8.50) and Bjorn Baker with a double, Can Do Canto (Robbie Downey, $2.30 to $2.15 fav.) and Time Bandit (Angus Villiers, $1.85 to $2.60 fav.).

Orange will next race with Legends Day on Sunday, March 24.

Meanwhile, the $150,000 WRA Newhaven Park Country Championship is the feature at Coonamble on Sunday.