A Taree galloper in the “wars” at its previous start made amends with a fortuitous win in a race full of incidents at Taree Wingham Race Club’s very successful TAB meeting before an enormous pre-Christmas crowd on Sunday.
It is three-year-old gelding Fun With Indy (10-1), trained by Matthew Robinson and ridden by Sydney jockey Jay Ford, a long neck winner from Wyong gelding Isorich which threw the Hydra Hose 3YO Country Plate race (1257m) away by running out and trying to pull up when leading easily 100m out.
Just before the straight, one of the leaders, Taree three-year-old gelding Acidity, trained by Cliff Bashford, broke down badly and had to be put down.
Luckily Kempsey jockey Terry Treichel was not injured and even though the field was disrupted, no other horses fell.
Robinson thought it was his galloper that had broken down as the jockey was wearing similar red and white racing silks.
The trainer of Isorich, Wayne Seelin, had some consolation for the defeat with Battle Street (13-1) scoring for the same jockey, Tim McGovern, in the next race, the Maurice Wright Farewell Benchmark 55 Handicap over 1007m.
Other winners were three-year-old gelding Egyptian Ruler (evens),trained at Broadmeadow by Ken Lantry and ridden by Newcastle jockey Andrew Gibbons, in the Andy’s Tree Service Counry Class 1 Plate and four-year-old Broadmeadow mare Slots (10-9on), trained by Grant Marshall and ridden by Treichel, in the Winning Post Function Centre Maiden Plate over 1007m.