Tapakeg packs a punch in Mallawa Cup

PETER Sinclair completed a fine Mallawa Cup day when the Moree trainer claimed Saturday’s $8000 B&W Rural Mallawa Picnic Cup (1400m) with gay deceiver Tapakeg.

The gelding, who had started his career with Kevin Moses in Sydney before transferring to Bruce Hill on the Gold Coast and then heading west to Moree, had shown Sinclair plenty in track work.

So much so he took him to Grafton where he thought he was a good thing.

“He impressed me so much I thought he was a good thing over there,”  Sinclair said of the Grafton trek.

“However he disappointed us over there.

“So we brought him back here.”

The Moree trainer lowered his sights significantly, running him in the recent Boolooroo Picnic Cup at Moree, which he won with 70kg.

He then started him in Saturday’s $8000 Mallawa Picnic Cup and he won again, again with 70kg, and by 1.8lengths from Bryan Dixon’s Coco Dubawi and Sinclair’s son Nathan’s gelding Playa.

However Sinclair won’t be running in the third leg of the “Golden Triangle”, preferring to look around for something better for a gelding he thinks might be starting to live up to his trackwork.

Since 1930 (when Mallawa joined Talmoi and Moree on the north-west picnic circuit, now known as bush racing’s Golden Triangle), only two horses have won all three cups in the one year – Mulgate in 1961 and Gefilte in 1988.

It was a good day for Sinclair as he also won with Rasanka and Dungiven.

Tapakeg and Tim Phillips win Saturday’s Mallawa Picnic Cup for Moree trainer Peter Sinclair. Photo:  Bill Poulos

Tapakeg and Tim Phillips win Saturday’s Mallawa Picnic Cup for Moree trainer Peter Sinclair. Photo: Bill Poulos

“Full credit goes to Charlie Bunce,”  Sinclair said of Dungiven.

“He picked him out.

“And Rasanka is raced by a local group including Eddie Cory.”

 Hunter and North West Racing Association attention turns to Tamworth and Muswellbrook this week.

Tamworth Jockey Club stages a seven-race TAB meeting tomorrow while the Muswellbrook Race Club holds its Queen of the Valley Matchmaker meeting  on Friday.

Muswellbrook nominations close at 11am today. 

There is no HNWRA meeting on this weekend but the Walgett Jockey Club does run its annual Walgett Cup meeting on Saturday with a six-race non TAB meeting.

Feature race at Walgett is the $7500 Walgett Cup (1400m).

Nominations for Walgett close 11am today as well.

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