A large group of locally owned and trained gallopers ventured to Narrandera on Sunday for the club’s annual Cup meeting.
It was a tough day at the office, with the track rated a heavy nine, except for the last 100 metres, where it was rated a heavy 10.
In the feature event over the 1600m, the $34,000 Narrandera Cup, the Graham Byatt trained Willybeafactor ran a solid race to finish fourth and was only beaten 2.93 lengths by the Mitchell Beer trained and Richard Bensley ridden Power Me Up.
Other locals in the feature event finished well down the track, with the Dave Blundell trained Monkery running seventh and beaten 15.93 lengths, while behind him in eighth and 16.45 lengths off the winner was the George Dimitropoulos trained My Solaki.
The Mick, Matt and Dene O’Donovan and Paul and Kathy Shanahan owned Cyborg returned to the winner’s list at Narrandera when winning the 1400m Benchmark 58 Handicap.
The four-year-old that is prepared by Norm Gardner was ridden a treat by Mathew Cahill in behind the leaders before peeling wide and finding the lead before holding off a fast-finishing Blazing Engine.
In the same race, Lennox Road for Graham Byatt and Willy White Socks for George Dimitropoulos finished fifth and seventh respectively.
The O’Donovan’s also watched on as La Valkyrie finished fourth in the opening event, the 1400m Maiden Handicap.
It was an eye-catching run by the four-year-old that is by Biaconi and out of La Ventana, with the mare storming right down the outside to be beaten just 1.55 lengths.
In the same event the Dave Blundell trained Sepik struggled in the going, finishing last and was beaten more than 20 lengths.
The Kerry Weir trained Bouddi also struggled at Narrandera, finishing last, beaten 15.91 lengths in the 2100m Benchmark 66 Handicap.
Gundagai trainers Jim Scobie and Andrew Sheahan both had little luck in the 1000m Maiden Plate, with Wild Buckaroo (Scobie) and Tuckerbox Hill (Sheahan) finishing ninth and tenth respectively.
George Dimitropoulos did go close in the 1000m benchmark 66 Handicap, with Molly Bourke giving Mouse Almighty a gun ride before going down by just 0.13 of a length to Nevada Dane.
Funnily enough, Nevada Dane was ridden by Billy Owen for Rob Wellington, giving the Brungle product a double, after he rode the Matthew Dale trained Vallauris to victory in the 2100m Benchmark 66 Handicap.