Hoop wins Boggabri Cup for dad in class record

SUBIC BAY ran a class record on 

Saturday at Gunnedah to take out the Boggabri Cup.

A great ride from apprentice jockey Taylah Gray saw the gelding sitting off the pace in the 1600m feature, before hitting the lead in the straight and holding on.

The pace was fast out of the barrier with the time of 1.35.44 seconds beating the old class record by 0.15 seconds.

Carrying the second top weight of 59kg, Subic Bay jumped well out of barrier three.

Gray sat Subic Bay behind the Mathew Powell ridden Summa Cum Sadie who was setting a cracking pace at the front.

“They were going a bit hard for at the front so I sat back a bit,” Gray said.

“He doesn’t have a really good sprint so I still had to stay up there and time my run.”

The jockey timed it to perfection as the bay gelding came out and led at the top of the straight by over a length.

The seven-year-old was getting run down by the rest of the pack but held on to win by a half length to Trust Me Bill.

Early leader Summa Cum Sadie held on to just take third from Sauv Blanc Babe in fourth.

It was a family affair and a special win for Gray, with her parents and partner owning major shares in the horse.

It was Grey’s fourth ride on the horse after the horse went to Tamworth to be trained by Liam Davies.

In five rides the apprentice jockey now has two wins and two places, after winning the 1450m at the Quirindi Boxing Day Races.

“It was a pretty special ride and win for me,” Gray said.

“It’s not often you get to ride your dad’s and your partner’s horse and win a cup.”

It is the second country cup the young jockey has won after taking the Cranback Cup in Taree last year on Davies’ horse Clever Hans.

“I was pretty confident coming in that I could win it,” Gray said.

“He has been pretty consistent 

lately.”

Gray is not sure where they will take Subic Bay next after a busy period of racing.

“He has had a lot of runs lately so they might put him to paddock,” Gray said.

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