Mudgee hosts long weekend meeting

BRINGING IT HOME: Skygge heads to victory in the final race of the Mudgee long weekend meeting. Photo: Simone Kurtz.
BRINGING IT HOME: Skygge heads to victory in the final race of the Mudgee long weekend meeting. Photo: Simone Kurtz.

The Mudgee Race Club celebrated the long weekend with a five-race meeting on Saturday.

The best local result for the afternoon went to Gulgong trainer Brett Thompson’s Attalea, who took out the Class 2 Handicap with Jake Pracey-Holmes on board.

Thompson’s other runner on the day, Little Bitty, could only manage fifth in the final race of the program.

Gayna Williams’ only horse Union City Blues ran fourth in the maiden, after the local trainer’s Galaxy Warrior took out the 1400m at Dubbo the previous day.

The incredible winning run of jockey Eleanor Webster-Hawes continued, fresh from a winning double at Dubbo the previous day, she combined with South Coast trainer Luke Pepper to take out the opening event with Lady Amanda.

THREE IN FOUR: Race 4 winner Time for Three owner and trainer Luke Thomas Lee and Anne Balmer with Judd Thomas. Photo: Simone Kurtz

THREE IN FOUR: Race 4 winner Time for Three owner and trainer Luke Thomas Lee and Anne Balmer with Judd Thomas. Photo: Simone Kurtz

The victory continued an amazing winning sequence for the Cowra-based jockey who, prior to Sunday’s meeting at Cootamundra, had ridden six winners from her past 14 rides over a two-week period.

Lady Amanda’s success was the first leg of a winning double for Pepper, who also had Veuve Girl salute in the third race, ridden by Dubbo-based hoop Kody Nestor and saluted with ease over 1400m.

Muswellbrook rider, Ken Dunbar, piloted home a winner with Skygge in the final race of the day for veteran Bathurst trainer Peter Stanley.

WOMEN ON BOARD: The meeting saw a number of female jockeys, including Chelsea Ings, Eleanor Webster-Hawes, Nyssa Burrells, Rachael Murray, Leanne Henry.

WOMEN ON BOARD: The meeting saw a number of female jockeys, including Chelsea Ings, Eleanor Webster-Hawes, Nyssa Burrells, Rachael Murray, Leanne Henry.