Simpson winning double highlights Warren program

Ronald Simpson. Photo: Racing Photography.

Back in action after a break from racing, the talented Ronald Simpson rode a winning double, Cherry Blue and Gretzky, before a good crowd on Saturday at Warren.

Formerly from Brewarrina, Simpson is now apprenticed to Clint Lundholm, and for the Dubbo trainer, he won the 1600 metres Welsh Family Class 1 & Maiden Plate on the four-year-old grey gelding Cherry Blue.

Raced by the McMahon family from Tullamore, Cherry Blue ($1.90) from last in the big field sliced through the pack to beat Miandelle (Billy Cray, $8) and Hoorini (Andrew Banks, $14), with Phone Home battling on for fourth after leading by four lengths.

Gretzky, the comeback winning ride for Ronald Simpson the previous Saturday at Lightning Ridge, was again well ridden at Warren in the 1200 metres Macquarie Valley Rock And Sand Class 3 Handicap.

From back in the field, the Dar Lunn, Dubbo-trained Gretzky ($3.80) gained an inside run to beat the leader Destiny’s Bounty (Will Stanley, $1.80 favourite) and One Man Band (Jake Barrett, $6).

Sister and brother apprentices, Ashleigh Stanley and Will Stanley, fought out the finish of the 1400 metres Warren Services Benchmark 50 Handicap.

Coming from near last in the 12-horse field, the Kylie Kennedy, Narromine trained Fiveash (Ashleigh Stanley, $15) won by a neck from Neidr Dawn (Will Stanley, $2.50 fav.) with Punkzy (Ken Dunbar, $12) in third place.

Wayne Collison, the father of Kylie Kennedy, made it a family-winning double as the trainer of Luckyimwithaimee in the following race, the 1000 metres Paraway Pastoral Company Benchmark 50 Handicap.

Will Stanley was aboard Luckyimwithaimee ($13), which came from fifth on the home turn to score in a close finish from Speudosa (Jake Barrett, $4.40) and Pixies Choice (Shayleigh Ingelse, $6).

A last-start third at Lightning Ridge was followed by a win for the Brett Thompson-trained Outside Edge at Warren in the 1400 metres Haddon Rig Maiden Plate.

Outside Edge (Shayleigh Ingelse, $1.90 fav.) set the pace and fought off Kirameki (Wendy Peel, $2.70) by a neck with four lengths to Here’s Harry (Chelsea Hillier, $11).

Trained at Gilgandra by Kieren Hazelton, Cuevas more than recouped the recent purchase price when winning the 1200 metres Macquarie Valley Couriers Maiden Handicap.

Under very strong riding by Andrew Banks, Cuevas ($5) held off Dumbarton Castle (Will Stanley, $10) by a long neck, with the leader Kubaba ( Wendy Peel, $2 fav.) a close third.

WRA Racing heads to Narromine on Thursday and on ANZAC Day, racing is at Bathurst and Nyngan.