PUNTERS were on the mark at Moree on Friday when Crackin’ Crown came from well back to win the 1300m Don’s Smash Repairs Maiden Plate.
Crackin’ Crown, the first of two winners for local trainer Peter Sinclair, was backed from 7-2 into 5-4 favouritism before coastal hoop Terry Treichel guided the four-year-old to a half-length win from Chatby Star (11-8) and Panther (15-2).
Bookmaker Chris Picone said the plunge took plenty from the Moree ring.
“We were hammered. All the locals came for it late – it was the only one they wanted,” he said.
Treichel, who won later in the day on Counterspy for Campbell Roberts, said Crackin’ Crown was “under the pump” approaching the home turn but wound up in the straight to win well.
“He was a bit slow out of the gates but after the first 100m we got up in behind the leaders,” Treichel said.
“They went pretty slow and he travelled pretty well but I was thinking at the 600m that we’d better get going.
“Coming around the corner I was under the pump and struggling but full credit to the horse – he just kept whacking away at the same pace and wore down the leader,” he said.
Sinclair, who also won the1200m Royal Hotel-Motel Class 2 Handicap with Booked Out, had Crackin’ Crown beaten a long way from home after the gelding’s slow getaway.
“I thought he’d nearly have to lead because I thought Chatby Star would be too fit once it got the break on us,” Sinclair said.
Booked Out, owned at Narrabri by Maurice and Winifred Simshauser, gave in-form apprentice Vad Bolozhinskyi the first leg of a race-to-race double.
Bolozhinskyi has ridden eight winners in the past four weeks and consolidated his spot at the top of the Hunter and North-West apprentices’ premiership when steering nine-year-old Dandy Kat to an easy win in the 1600m Dipper’s Home Timber and Hardware BM-60 Handicap.
Dandy Kat, trained at Moree by Martin Fernando for his son Doug and soon-to-be daughter-in-law Sam Russell, pushed Bolozhinskyi to 16 wins for the season – two clear of Rachael Murray, who drew a blank at the Moree meeting.
“I gave the old horse to Doug and Sam as a way of saying thank-you for all the work they do for me around the stables,” Fernando said.
“Doug rides him in all his trackwork and Sam does a power of work for me.”
Dandy Kat (9-1) charged away in the straight to score by a widening two-and-a-half lengths from Tellzcay (12-1), with 11-8 favourite Tara Brave a long-head away third.
“He’s a good old bread-and-butter horse and it gives Doug and Sam a good reason to come over to the track every day,” Fernando said.
While Bolozhinsyi, Treichel and Peter Sinclair landed doubles on Saturday, so too did Kodi Nestor.
The Dubbo-based jockey won on Ron Buckpitt’s Summa Cum Sadie and Jacob Perrett’s impressive Capitano.
Summa Cum Sadie won the Clifford W Riddle Maiden (1300m) in fine style while Capitano might have been the most impressive victory of the weekend for his young Tamworth trainer Jacob Perrett.
The four-year-old gelding, a son of Dane Fever, came from last to win by more than two lengths.