A treble to local jockey Robert Thompson and a double to Newcastle trainer Jason Deamer highlighted the seven-race program at Cessnock on Tuesday. Thompson’s treble included Lady Evelyn for Deamer, Commandatore for Allan Denham and Cunning As A Tiger trained by local Robert ‘Pud’ Davies. The Australian and Newcastle Hunter Hall of Famer has ridden seven winners in four meetings. ‘RT’ rose a winner at Port Macquarie on Friday, two at Newcastle on Saturday and a winner at Tamworth on Sunday.
The veteran jockey turns 59 years of age later this month and he produced a ‘clinic’ to win on $3 favourite Lady Evelyn in the Nicholas Scanlon Benchmark 55 (1570m). The filly normally likes to race on the pace but she dropped the bit when she jumped and to the surprise of punters Lady Evelyn settled at the tail of the field. Still near the tail of the field near the home turn Thompson drove Lady Evelyn along the rail where he ended up on the leader Prince Roo’s back. On straightening ‘RT’ dragged the filly across the leaders heels and she knuckled down to win by three quarters of a length.
Commandatore, winless in her previous eleven starts, was heavily backed in the Samantha Williams Maiden Plate (1350m). Ridden off the pace on the rail the four-year-old took the lead in the straight before stalling off a challenge by favourite Sojournist to win by half a length. The win aboard Cunning As A Tiger was very satisfying for Thompson as some of the owners and trainer Pud Davies are family friends. Davies only has a small team in work and he lives on the road leading into the Cessnock track.
Deamer took five horses to Cessnock and left with two winners, a second and a third. The trainer produced a smart 3-year-old in the 900 metre Business Basics Australia Maiden. Bon Amis was on debut after a five length Newcastle trial win and he was second favourite behind James Cummings’ Latin Boy. Bon Amis didn’t jump well but mustered speed to chase Late Latin Boy which looked the winner in the straight. However, Bon Amis was two strong and he won by three quarters of a length.
Deamer’s filly Bonita was narrowly beaten in the Cessnock Leagues Club Class 3 (900m) and No Effort Needed raced green when third to stablemate Lady Evelyn. Deamers other runner Lady Montoya had no luck in the Hunter Jaguar Land Rover Benchmark 55 (2125m). The filly trailed the leader to the home straight but she could not see daylight all the way down the straight and went to the line hard held.
Sydney trainers James Cummings and David Pfeiffer both had winners at Cessnock. The Cummings trained Manicc led all the way to win the QMS Certification Maiden (1150m) and Pfeiffer’s four-year-old De Kurnell just got home in the StrathAyr Class 1 (1350m).