SOME of the region’s best trainers book ended the Gunnedah Jockey Club’s Summer Cup meeting on Tuesday by claiming the day’s first three races and the last.
Tamworth trainers Mel O’Gorman (One More Legend), Melissa Dennett (Finne Realta) and Cody Morgan (The Mont) got the day rolling before Gunnedah trainer Gavin Groth (Red Liberty) wrapped things up in race seven.
For One More Legend Tuesday’s win was a perfect start to his career after having mixed form in recent barrier trials.
The four-year-old gelding, son of Onemorenomore had four trials leading into his debut at Riverside Racecourse today and failed to flatter in any.
It was a far different story in the first race at Gunnedah, Luke Cumberland jumping the gelding straight to the lead.
He never surrendered under pressure from place getters Smart Moove and Bushie’s crumpet recording a half length win from Smart Moove with Bushie’s Crumpet a half neck away in third.
“He never really showed his potential at the trials,” Luke Cumberland said.
“They had their chances too.
“He didn’t know a lot though and won that on raw ability.
“Mel [O’Gorman] said he runs on fear.”
Stable foreman Miles Koolman was also surprised and admitted he didn’t back the gelding.
“There’s been a lot of work go into this horse,” Miles Koolman said.
“We’re just so happy he’s won for the connections. He stuck on and fought hard.”
In race three, The Mont led all the way to claim the $22,000 MPC Earthmoving Benchmark 58 Handicap for his Tamworth trainer Cody Morgan.
Tuesday’s win four-year-old gelding son of Exceed And Excel’s second from 12 starts.
The win also provided apprentice jockey Reece Jones with his twelfth carrer win.
Jones, who started his career about four months ago with a debut win at Tamworth, rated The Mont perfectly to score a two length win from Gavin Groth’s Jazzee Nicc.
“He pinged the gates and kept running,” Jones said.
“I gave him a little bit of a breather but he hit the line well.”
The successful day for local trainers was then capped off in race seven when Red Liberty stormed home for Gunnedah trainer Gavin Groth.
The son of Ifraaj was having his third run for Groth and while Greg Ryan was having his first ride on him he’d seen the previous runs and was confident he’d run well.
“His run at Scone two starts back was super,” Ryan said.
“If he produced that today he’d be hard to beat.”
He not only reproduced that but was given the run of the race by Ryan to storm home down the middle of the track for a two and half length win from Dan Roy with Duble Gaze a half neck away third.
“He let down super,” Ryan said.