Perrys love a flying start

THE Paul Perry stable had another great start to a country meeting at Scone on Tuesday.

After annexing the first two races at Armidale’s cup meeting on Monday the stable won the first race at Scone some 24 hours later with I Can Hear Music.

The chestnut gelding son of Foxwedge tracked Dreamnomore into the straight before Greg Ryan unleashed a winning surge for a breakthrough win in the Pryde’s Racing Cube Maiden Handicap (1400m).

While it was I Can Hear Music’s first win in seven starts it wasn’t all going to plan early for Greg Ryan.

“I was a bit worried down the back,” Ryan admitted.

“But then Dan (Northey) gave me a lovely cart into the race.”

Ryan added I Can Hear Music “gives me the impression he will run another furlong”.

Shannon Perry was in charge of the stable’s horses and delighted with I Can Hear Music’s first career win.

It also came after his father, Paul, was inducted into the Hunter Hall Of Fame in Newcastle last week.

Shannon also thinks there are some nice races in store for I Can Hear Music, who started the $3.80 favourite.

“He’s very race fit but you’ve got to clap the jockey, it was a peach of a ride,” Shannon said.

“He might not win his next start but I’m sure he will be winning again.”

Rod Northam had to settle for a runner-up sot with Nobody in the second race of the day at Scone when Pat Farrell’s two-year-old daughter of I Am Invincible, My Maggie, snared a 2.45 length win.

It was the filly’s first win in four starts for her Muswellbrook trainer.

Greg Ryan then made it a winning double when he piloted Bjorn Baker’s Skirting to victory in the Shalaa @ Arrowfield Stud 3YO Maiden Plate (900m).

Newcastle trainer Kris Lees then won the fourth with Fleeteor, while the fifth was claimed by Hawkesbury trainer Brooke Somers when three-year-old filly Repentant saluted in the Horsepower Benchmark 55 Handicap (1100m).

It was the filly’s second win for Somers who has been training for just over six months and has 14 horses in work.

“Paul has been riding her in all her track work,” Somers said of winning jockey Paul “The Duck” King.

“He was thrilled with the way she’s been working.

“There’s three things you can be sure of too. Death, taxes and the Duck.. He really does give them a good ride. Absolutely. I’m just grateful for his support.”

Repentant beat off Strathaird, the Dubbo galloper who was at the centre of a Country Championship controversy.

The Garry Lunn-trained gelding was promoted into the field for the $400,000 race on April 1 when Racing NSW stewards were advised on Tuesday that Not For Export had gone for a spell. Not For Export finished third in the regional qualifying race at Dubbo on February 19 won by Stoneyrise while Strathaird was seventh.

Runner-up La La Loopsy is in the spelling paddock, as too the horses placed fourth, fifth and sixth.

Dar Lunn, trainer of Not For Export, told stewards he had not withdrawn his horse, who raced at Scone on Tuesday as his lead-up to the final.

Not for Export has been reinstated as the second Western Region representative with Strathaird the emergency if he doesn't run.