The four-year-old mare was ridden by Anthony Cavallo in the 1400m Benchmark 50 event and the win came somewhat unexpectedly for Mirfin and connections.
“I knew she had the ability to win but we didn’t go there expecting her to win,” Mirfin said.
“Actually, when they told me she had won, I didn’t believe him because the guy that told me is a stirrer and I rang someone on track and had to ask them who won the last race.”
Neon Moon was never meant to race at Parkes and was destined for retirement but a delay in water troughs arriving meant she was to have at least one more start.
“She was going to retire, and go back to her owner’s property,” Mirfin explained.
“He (Danny Gregory) was waiting for water troughs, and he asked if we could hold her for another two weeks, and I told him I’d find another race, and I thought I would enter her in the Benchmark 50 at Parkes.”
Mirfin praised Cavallo for the winning ride and his mare for toughing out a good win.
“By all accounts, it was an 11 out of 10 ride by Choc (Cavallo), and she is game, and she hit the lead at the top of the straight and she kept fighting it out and won,” Mirfin said.
The Bathurst trainer was pleased to win a country cup, but he did joke that either the physical cup had been lost or retained by the club, with connections quickly losing sight of their silverware.
“You are happy to win any race and country cups are good but they are getting harder and harder to win and this Big Dance thing is making it more difficult, especially for those bigger ones,” Mirfin said.
“Funnily enough, we don’t actually don’t have the cup either. It was in a brown paper bag near the tie up and when he got back, it was gone, so if there was a cup, I don’t have it,” Mirfin laughed.
Neon Moon could get another opportunity to win a race for connections before retirement, with the four-year-old entered in the 1400m Class Three Trophy Handicap at Bligh Picnics on Saturday.
“Now that she has done that, she is going to have one more go at Mudgee (Bligh) Picnics on Saturday,” Mirfin said.
“Provided we are happy with her during the week and she pulls up okay, we will go there, but we will see because she is a lightly framed mare and she will have to carry a big weight.”
It was a busy day at Parkes and Kayla Nisbet dominated the jockeys challenge when riding three winners on the five-race-card.
Nisbet helped Orange trainer Alison Smith to a double with Cankina winning the 800m Maiden Plate and Mamelon winning the 1000m Class One Handicap, while she split those results when guiding the Bill Hayes-trained Pippie Star to victory in the 1200m Maiden Handicap.
In the 1200m Benchmark 50 Handicap, Sharon and Tiffany Jeffries combined, with the latter of the two helping Annie’s Missile to a good win.
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