Plectrum lands western racing double after Carinda Cup win

Chelsea Ings and Plectrum turn for home with the lead in the 2022 Carinda Cup for trainer Graeme Brooker. Photo: Racing Photography.

Plectrum completed a western racing feature double when winning the $12,000 Carinda Cup on Saturday for Coonabarabran trainer Graeme Brooker.

At the previous start Plectrum had won the Walgett Cup and again making a long trip to take the ride at Carinda was Bathurst based jockey Chelsea Ings.

Due to the Covid pandemic, Carinda had not raced since 2019 and there was a big crowd to see a handy field line up for the 1400 metres Dubbo City Toyota sponsored  Cup.

Straight to the lead, Plectrum ($3.40) travelled strongly all the way and won by two and three-quarter lengths from Another Plan (Andrew Banks, $3.20 favourite ) and Chesty (Zara Lewis, $5.50).

Bookmakers were reeling when a betting plunge on Kooky Kangaroo was successful in the opening event, the 1000 metres Walgett Hunt Camp Fish Newsagency Maiden Handicap.

One dashing punter was estimated to have invested over $5,000 on Kooky Kangaroo and the odds kept tumbling as other punters rushed to get a slice of the action.

After 10 starts in Victoria and southern NSW, the 4 year old gelding Kooky Kangaroo found a new owner in Peter Briggs and was transferred to former Nyngan trainer Garry Bignell now with stables at Eulo near Cunnamulla in Queensland.

Backed from $3.70 to $1.70 favourite, Kooky Kangaroo with the experienced Andrew Banks in the saddle led throughout to to cruise home by over three lengths from Sallista (Tiffany Jeffries, $11) and Outback Pat (Zara Lewis, $5.50).

Backing up from a win at Duck Creek Picnics, the Rodney Robb, Nyngan trained Knee Slapper won the 1400 metres O’Brien Brigalows Pastoral Company Class 1 Handicap at Carinda.

Finding the early lead, Knee Slapper (Michael Heagney, $1.90 fav.) cleared out to score by almost six lengths from Drunkasamonkey (Jake Barrett, $2.80) and Motilda (Zara Lewis, $13).

Widely travelled jockey Michael Heagney then completed a double when the Clint Lundholm, Dubbo trained The Cave ($2 fav.) led all the way for a four lengths win over Supreme Vision (Tiffany Jeffries, $3.20) and Gift Of Time (Jake Barrett, $15) in the 1400 metres Local Liquors Gateway Drive Thru Maiden Plate.

Cheering home The Cave were the owners including Coonamble Jockey Club committee members, Ken Waterford, Mick Heaney, Adam Firth, Ben Gray, Mick Sheppard and Dave Thompson.

Apprentice jockey Zara Lewis was praised by connections for a very good ride on Renzulli to win the 1100 metres W.W.Lunn Benchmark 45 Handicap.

From an outside barrier, the Bryan Dixon, Gilgandra trained Renzulli ($6.50) was patiently ridden at the tail of the field before taking a rails run to beat Ringside (Hollie Hull, $1.80 fav.) and Kallie (Tiffany Jeffries, $7).

Dubbo trainer Garry Lunn returned home for the day to Carinda to win the 1700 metres Complete Asset Management Benchmark 50 Handicap with Miss Twenty Two.

Well ridden by talented apprentice Jake Barrett, Miss Twenty Two ($2.80 fav.) took the lead from Shwanky Doo and Yak then safely held off Hamoon Sweetheart (Ashleigh Stanley, $4) and Yak (Andrew Banks, $3.50).