ANOTHER Larga might have found the confidence he needed when he won today’s $20,000 John “Mouse” Sinclair Cup (1600m) at Quirindi.
The Damien Lane-trained gelding fought back to beat race favourite Rockatorio by a half head with Quirindi-trained Exitozo three quarters of a length away third.
Another Larga has now won seven of his 35 starts for Lane but had disappointed at recent metro and provincial outings.
“He had raced really good last prep,” Lane said after the stout success.
“But a few things didn’t go right for him this time and he lost a bit of confidence. We thought we might go up to the bush to get him back in winning form.”
Damien lane said the “best” Another Larga raced today.
“There are two of him,” he said.
“Some days he doesn’t turn up but when he does he’s quite a nice horse.”
Second-placed Rockatorio has been turning up every start for Moree trainer Nathan Sinclair since he leased him from owners Barbara and Trevor Davis.
Sinclair races in combination with the Davis’ and has now won two and finished second in his other three starts.
A last start second in the Gunnedah Cup also hints at plenty of success yet in the seven-year-old’s legs.
Josh Oliver rode Rockatorio and said the gelding travelled throughout.
“Just had to niggle him a little,’ Oliver said.
“But they have been five gutsy runs.”
Quirindi-trained Exitozo also rediscovered some form for trainer Scott Thompson.
He just about hit the front turning for home but just died on his run a little to finish a good third less than a length away.