GREG Bennett had the perfect lead in to Friday’s Ranvet Christmas Cup at Scone in Sydney yesterday when Piamimi exploded away from her opposition for a comfortable win in the $40,000 Hyland Racing Colours Handicap (1400m).
It was also a heat of the Rising Star Apprentices Series and combined Scone-based Greg Bennett with his former star apprentice Rachael
Piamimi’s win was her fourth in 13 starts, the daughter of Not A Single Doubt surging away on the turn after being trapped three deep.
“I’d told Rachel not to be scared to roll forward if there was no speed on,” Bennett said yesterday.
“She was very apologetic after the race about being caught three wide but he did travel well. She just moved up to them on the turn and raced away from them.
“It was a very good win.
“She (Piamimi) has always shown promise, just had to be patient with her.” After running in the Scone Guineas earlier this year she then ran a disappointing last at Tamworth.
“She pulled up sore,” Greg Bennett explained.
“So we spelled her and she’s now come back with two from two.”
Piamimi won first up on a Heavy 8 at Newcastle on November 23 and then took her prizemoney to well over $63,000 with yesterday’s win.
It was also something of a family affair.
“My brother Mark Wylie, a vet in Scone races her with a lot of his old school friends in Sydney,” Greg Bennett said.
“He named the mare after his twin daughters too, Pia and Mimi.
“So everyone’s pretty happy here,” he said from Warwick Farm.
‘They are a good group of people. But there are knocking me around a bit, punching and slapping me, it’s a dangerous job this training winners,” he joked.
He wasn’t joking either when he said he thinks can win two races at Scone’s Christmas Cup meeting tomorrow either.
“Pro Consul has drawn wide but that doesn’t matter,” he said.
“He’ll roll forward and class will get him home.
“And my other three have all drawn one or two and should all possie up on the speed. I’d like to think I can win at least two.”
He has Clickety Snip engaged in tomorrow’s Ranvet Christmas Cup, the gelding jumping from barrier one with Paul Hammersley aboard.
“Then I’ve got Limitation running at Canterbury on Friday night as well and Kaypers on Saturday.