Randwick trainer John Thompson wins Mudgee Cup after Jeff Penza pilots Tahsin to victory

WINNING FEELING: Jeff Penza and Tahsin go past the post to win Friday's $50,000 Mudgee Cup. Photo: SIMONE KURTZ
WINNING FEELING: Jeff Penza and Tahsin go past the post to win Friday's $50,000 Mudgee Cup. Photo: SIMONE KURTZ

Tahsin was popular among punters trackside on Friday and he proved them right when powering to victory in the $50,000 Mudgee Cup.

The John Thompson-trained five-year-old was solid around the $5 mark all day and in a hugely entertaining feature event winning jockey Jeff Penza got Tahsin to come home over the top of hometown hope Schedule.

Schedule jumped as favourite and was the best-backed horse on the day, going in from $6 to be a $3 favourite, and it seemed midway down the straight trainer Mack Griffith would be making it back-to-back victories after a win in a Rosehill Highway event last weekend.

Schedule had the inside ruin along the rails and the Kris Lees-trained Sarajevo ($9) loomed on the outside but Penza got Tahsin, who was down in weight on Friday, to come through the middle and take the win.

The victory made it a double for Randwick-based Thompson, who scored with Zedforce in the day’s opening event.

Tahsin ($5) headed into the event having run fifth in a Benchmark 76 event at Canterbury last start while before that was a first-up third at Warwick Farm.

He had little to no luck in the race at Canterbury, struggling to find a gap in the run for home, but had no such issue on Friday.

Tahsin, making it career win number three from 14 starts, scored by half-a-length from Schedule while Sarajevo was third.

The Troy O’Neile-trained Try ‘N’ Run A Muck ran an almighty race and finished fourth while the Dubbo-trained Something Borrowed, who sat last for the first three quarters of the race, also powered home well to finish fifth for Justin Stanley.

Tahsin’s victory in the Cup followed on from a Cameron Crockett quinella in the day’s feature sprint event.

Crockett, based at Mudgee, was a popular winner when Sharpe Hussler ($4.80) and Artistic Beauty ($4.40) charged home along the outside.

The former got the win, edging out Artistic Beauty by a neck while Danish Lace ($3.60 favourite) was third for Dubbo trainer Peter Nestor after leading into the straight.

Earlier in the day, Dubbo-based apprentice Chris Williams produced a fine ride to guide Shadow Affair to victory in the day’s second event for Mudgee trainer Gayna Williams.

The region’s next meeting will be a seven-race event at Orange on Tuesday.