Singleton trainer Luke Thomas trained his first winner at the Cessnock meeting on Tuesday. The former rodeo rider only received his trainers licence on July 1 and the star of his team is the three-year-old filly Princess Lottie. Trained by John Bannister during her two-year-old campaign Princess Lottie was placed in four of her five starts. Her best performance was in the time-honoured Wellington Boot in March when she finished second three quarters of a length behind the winner Lucy Rose.
Thomas took over the training of Princess Lottie when he secured his licence. On Tuesday, the filly was very impressive in easily winning the Cessnock Leagues Club Maiden (900m). Ridden by Mid North Coast Jockey Belinda Hodder, Princess Lottie trailed the speedy Levine to the home turn. She raced away in the straight for an easy win. Princess Lottie’s’ owner Lee Balmer paid only $2000 for her a t an Inglis Sydney Weanling Sale. She has amassed more than $40,000 in prizemoney with the promise of plenty more to come. Thomas has twelve horses in work on his property at Glendonbrook outside Singleton. He takes his horses to Cessnock for gallops.
Promising Taree Apprentice Chloe Baker and Sydney Jockey Christian Reith both landed doubles at the Cessnock meeting. Bakers ride aboard Taree galloper Kendalman was a pearler. Trainer Wayne Wilkes pulled the right rein when he scratched the four-year-old from the Port Macquarie meeting on Monday to run in the Hunter Valley & Wine Country Tourism Class 3 (1150m) at Cessnock. Baker settled Kendalman on the fence behind the leaders before coming across heals on the home turn. The gelding sprinted quickly in the straight to win comfortably.
Bakers other winner was the Quirindi ‘flyer’ Azzie’s Ready in the Cessnock Cup Race Day (900m). The four-year-old bolted in over the 900 metre course at Scone two weeks ago and he hit the ground running on Tuesday. Trained by Peter Mills Azzie’s Ready’s record stands at three wins and two seconds from eight starts.
Reith kicked off the meeting aboard the grinding stayer Magentaz in the IGA Liquor Class 1 & Maiden (2125m). Reith not happy with the tempo took Magentaz to the lead mid race and he had the chasers off the bit before the home turn. The Redoute’s Choice gelding was eased down on the line.
Reith was aboard the sensationally backed Deangelo, winner of the Jungle Juice Cup Race Day (1350m). Carrying the colours made famous by the former champion juvenile Pierro, Deangelo atoned for unlucky recent defeats. The gelding was formerly trained by Gai Waterhouse and the Snowdens has been racing well.
Local Trainer Alan Smith was in the winner’s circle with roughie Unattainable winner of the Tyrrell’s Wines Maiden. The best performance of the day was that of Sensacova, brilliant winner of the East Cessnock Bowling Club Class 2 (1570m). The Marc Connors trained mare accomplished a rare feat by winning a Maiden then a Class 2 in her next start.