Waters and Lewis combine to win Tullibigeal Cup

The Mont Watersa-trained Namarari claimed victory in Saturday’s Tullibigeal Cup. Image: Racing Photography./

Zara Lewis had ridden a combined total of 42 winners at professional and picnic meetings; however, until Saturday at Tullibigeal had not won a Cup race.

That changed when Gilgandra-based Lewis won the 1600m Dunk Insurance & Frampton Flat Feedlot Tullibigeal Picnic Cup on the Mont Waters, Tumbarumba-trained Namarari, an outsider in the field of eight.

Aiming for a hat-trick after recent wins at Dederang in Victoria and Berrigan, the Dan McCarthy, Wangaratta-trained Basso Caruso and Namarari shared the lead from the outset.

Namarari (Zara Lewis, $18) edged ahead in the final strides to win by a long neck from Basso Caruso (Catherine Masters, $3.50), with a half head to the late-closing Valadyium (Izzy Neale, $6).

After his fourwin haul the previous week at Ardlethan, Leandro Ribeiro rode another four winners at Tullibigeal, including a double for Dubbo trainer Connie Greig, Individualist ($4) and Kalpana ($2 favourite).

Ribeiro kicked off the day by winning the 975m O’Connors & Elders Class B Handicap on King Tat for Narrandera trainer Anthony Craig.

Coming from last, King Tat swooped late to beat Warrior’s Spirit (Ricky Blewitt, $2 favourite) and Oh No Devon (Michael Gray, $2.60).

King Tat has been through a few stables and has not lived up to expectations, being the offspring of outstanding mare Ta Ta Tatiana, winner of 15 races, including the 2004 Group 2 Dane Ripper Quality at Eagle Farm (QLD) and the Wagga Wagga Town Plate when trained by Joe Cleary at Queanbeyan.

Backing up from racing at Wagga the previous day, the Scott Spackman trained Yet Tobe A Cod (Leandro Ribeiro, $2.60 fav.) took the lead from Jet Missile and Party Stop but was then headed by Stratum Fantasy in the 1200m Maiden Plate.

Under strong riding from Leandro Ribeiro, Yet Tobe A Cod ($2.60 fav.) fought back to beat Stratum Fantasy (Sebastian Galea, $2.60 fav.) by a long head with Minnie Moke (Zara Lewis, $7) over two lengths away third.

The first leg of a winning treble for trainer Connie Greig was Better Judgement in the 975m Picnic Sprint.

Well-ridden by Izzy Neale, Better Judgement ($2.60) wore down stablemate Have Mercy (Leandro Ribeiro, $2.50 fav.) for a half-length win, with Japingka (Sebastian Galea, $3.60) in third place.

This weekend, Lightning Ridge will race on Easter Saturday with Mudgee (TAB) and Bourke Picnics on Easter Sunday.