Press Coverage

Racing Success
Cooma Monaro Express 9/12/10

A LARGE crowd packed into the Cooma Ti-Tree Race-course last Saturday to enjoy a great day of racing.

Following a week of uncertainty for the race-club committee as to whether the meeting would go ahead after almost eighty millimetres of rain, the track proved perfect with several horses trained on the course relishing the conditions to win the first and last races.

The main race on Saturday, the 2010 Cooma Cup over 1600 metres saw a well overdue win to Jymcarew trained at Goulburn by Amanda Collings. Starting at odds of $18 and ridden perfectly by Lauri Wray, Jymcarew scored in convincing style by two lengths from the Adaminaby Cup winner Strike Me Happy with a length margin to the $3.80 favourite Mr Massee in third placing.

Now a nine-year-old, Jymcarew had been struggling in similar grade races however his trainer, along with her husband Scott who doubles as her track-work jockey, have persevered for the owners in an attempt rekindle the promise he showed as a younger horse when he won both the Canterbury and Gosford Guineas in 2005.

The perseverance paid dividends on Saturday when he proved a decisive winner. In the other feature race, The Sundowners Cup, a 1400 Maiden Hcp, a decisive win was achieved by the John Nisbet trained Four My Girls. Ridden by Roly Saxton, Four My Girls ($6) won by two lengths from How Discreet with Little Hawk a further 2 ¼ lengths back in third placing.

The owners of Four My Girls had the added luck of being drawn from all of the starters on the day to win a free service to the stallion Buriton who stands at stud at Stuart Town in the Central West of NSW.

After only purchasing Mia Famiglia fortnight ago, trainer Robert Flanagan along with his son’s Darren and Stuart and Kirsty Brook saw a quick return on their outlay when the three year old won Race 1, the Dane Fever Benchmark 45 Hcp of 1000 metres.

Leading for the entire journey and winning with ease by 2 ½ lengths from Clang Went Bang and third placed Sutton Sensation, the filly has pleased the trainer and is being set for races over the festive season. Clang Went Bang, who is trained at Cooma by Wendy Heise for herself and husband Rodney, was having his first run since a spell and ran exceptionally well and will be improved in fitness by the run. Unfortunately just after the start of Race 1, jockey Kayla McEwen was thrown heavily from her mount, was rendered unconscious for a short period, and was subsequently transported to Cooma Hospital. She returned to the course later in the day and will require a medical clearance before riding again.

The loss of McEwen from Saturday’s jockey’s ranks meant that, with no other jockey being available, local hope Call Me Combo was a late scratching from the Sundowner’s Cup as was trainer Georgie Boucher’s King Shadowfax from Race 5. The luck of the aforementioned Boucher and partner Michael Flanagan did improve when Smoky Bay won the last race of the day, the Seears Workwear Bencjmark 55 Hcp over 1200 metres. Ridden by Joe Azzopardi replacing the injured McEwen, Smoky Bay defeated Millisin and favourite Biscay Steel after leading from barrier rise.
Unfortunately neither owner could be on course on Saturday but were thrilled to get the phone call advising of their win. Are You Kidding trained in Canberra by Rado Boljun won Race 2 , a 1000 metre Maiden Hcp from Smooth Honours and Secret Dynamite whilst Race 5 was won by five lengths by In The Rye ridden by Richard Bensley for Nick Olive from Penalty Shoot Out and Grizzly Nipper.