A bookend double to Wyong trainer Brett Partelle, a double to Andrew Gibbons and a fifth winner in four days for Hall Of Fame jockey Robert Thompson highlighted the Cessnock race meeting on Monday.
Partelle’s mare Silent Dream again showed her liking to the Cessnock track when she was a comfortable winner of the opening event the NJC Pink Raceday July 7 Class 2 Handicap (1150m). Bobby El Issa settled Silent Dream in the box seat behind the speedy Dark Elixir before coming off the leaders heels at the top of the straight. The mare drew clear to win by more than a length from Dark Elixir with odds on favourite Tootz a length and three quarters away third Silent Dream has had nine starts at Cessnock for three wins and three placings.
Partelle’s seven-year-old Kamehameha another which produces his best from Cessnock completed the double for the trainer when successful in the final event the East Cessnock Bowling Club Benchmark 55(900m). The gelding finished too well for the speedy Ozirose to win by a long head with Titus a fast finishing third. Kamehameha has won four of his fourteen starts at Cessnock with four placings.
Thompson who recently celebrated his 60th birthday produced a gem of a ride to land Jason Deamer mare Lady Evelyn a narrow winner of the Cessnock leagues Club Class 3 (1570m). The four-year-old unlucky in her previous start at Wyong was allowed to find her feet by “RT” and she was well back at the box. She made her run with runner up La Biere Choisie at the top of the straight and Lady Evelyn prevailed by half a length. Paul Perry’s Red Braids finished third.
Gibbons double came in consecutive races. He was aboard the Gabrielle Englebrecht trained Iva Lilo an all the way winner of the XXXX Gold 3YO Maiden (1150m). The filly relegated plunge horses Adele’s Joy and Restless into the minor placings.
In the following race, Gibbons produced a faultless ride on David Atkins filly All Ellie. It was the Cessnock Advertiser Maiden Plate (1350m) and All Ellie was the short-priced favourite after having no luck in her previous start at Quirindi. Gibbons settled the three-year-old behind the leaders before he let her loose at the top of the straight. All Ellie only reached the lead in the shadows of post but was drawing away from the placegetters If By Chance and Lexiloo when the judge called a halt.
Morpeth stayer My Friend Charlie won his first race when entering the Dianne Lumsden stable when successful in the Adam Faulkner 50th Benchmark 65 (2125m). Wyong based apprentice Chris Williams took the gelding to the front and he led throughout to starve off a late challenge from Packen. Latin Light held on for third.
Warwick Farm speedster Purple Cup landed a plunge when he led throughout to win the IGA Liquor Maiden (900m). The Adam Wadick trained gelding was ridden by Robyn Freeman Key and he held off the late challenge by short priced favourite Khatami. Wanchai was a minor placegetter.