BOMBPROOF detonated in the straight to beat off Tea Time and win Saturday’s St Kilda Hotel Benchmark 55 Handicap (1100m).
The Inverell-owned-and- trained gelding had won his maiden at Armidale and returned to win there again when he edged out 6-4 favourite Tea Time for a half neck win.
Cowgirls Don’t Cry (6-1) was three quarters of a length away third.
Bombproof (6-1) has now won four of his 30 starts for his trainer Scott Dixon and Scott’s father, Jack.
“We bought him off Pat Webster,” Jack Dixon said after Saturday’s win.
“He won his maiden here for us.
“He was also bred here in Armidale by Allan Chappell.
“He’s been a consistent horse for us.
“That was a real strong win today.
“He just seems to do it so easy.”
Scott Dixon has just Bombproof racing but also has four two-year-olds in work, preparing them for their racing debuts.
Jockey Jordan Grob is also a young talent, Dixon said.
“He rode him well,” Dixon said of the Tamworth apprentice.
“He’s on loan from David Kelly with Peter Cleal (at Tamworth) and going well.
“He rode him (Bombproof) in a trial at Inverell the other day.
“He did well in the trial so I gave him the ride at Armidale too.
“His 3kg claim also helped.
“That was the lightest weight he (Bombproof) has carried for a long while.”
Scott Dixon said Bombproof did well to win his maiden at Armidale and then win a Somerton Cup at Gunnedah.
“We had a lot of trouble with him last prep though – just couldn’t get him right.
“So we spelled him, gave him a few weeks off to get him right.
“When he came back in we changed a few things and it seems to have worked.”
Wolfgangs Boy continued Jane Clement’s good run when the seven-year-old gelding won Saturday’s John Fryer Carpet Cleaning Benchmark 51 Handicap (1300m).
The grey gelding won by a length to take Clement to equal second with Sue Grills and Luke Griffith on the Hunter and North West Racing Association trainers’ premiership.
The trio have nine wins and trail Paul Messara (11) by a couple of wins.
Rachael Murray’s win also elevated her to the joint lead in the apprentices’ premiership with Vad Bolozhinskyi after the Scone apprentice came up with two close seconds at Armidale.