ANOTHER Larga might have found the confidence he needed when he won Tuesday’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.
Meanwhile in the $20,000 Liverpool Plains Maiden Handicap, Sally Torrens’ only runner for the day went around.
Auric Gold contested the 1450-metre race with Belinda Hodder in the saddle.
After settling toward the back of the field, the gelding improved slightly to finish ninth.
At the front of the field, Jane Clement’s held off $101-1 chance Consular for a length win with Mel Dennett’s wayward Ratler a half head away third.
Swift and Shift was having his seventh race start and had run a good second at Quirindi two starts back.
Mikayla Weir had ridden him that day and was on board again today for his maiden win.
“He had blinkers on for the first time,” Mikayla Weir said.
“Drew an alley (1) and we decided to ride him a bit more positive. He landed in front and I let him slide.”