FOR the second time in the space of a week, The Lagoon’s Amanda Turnbull has enjoyed a quinella in a Carnival of Cups feature.
After picking up a one-two in the Billy Soo Memorial Blayney Cup last Sunday as Chumlee got the nod over stablemate Parramatta, on Friday Turnbull took the spoils at Young.
This time it was six-year-old McArdle x Sheng Li gelding Parramatta who was first past the post in the Cherry Festival Cup (2,100 metres) and Chumlee who nabbed second.
“I am super proud of the horses, it was a quick back up and they both did well,” Turnbull said.
Though Parramatta did not handle a wide front row draw and small Blayney track as well as Chumlee, in Friday’s feature he had no such problems.
With Turnbull in the gig, the $1.50 favourite showed good gate speed to take the lead from barrier two and there he stayed.
“I had a pretty easy trip,” Turnbull said.
“I had to work a bit because there was one to hold out early, but after that he done it real easy.”
Since arriving from New Zealand to join Turnbull’s team, Parramatta had finished no worse than second. It was little surprise to see him installed as favourite in the $12,240 cup.
Chumlee ($7.50), who was driven by Brendan Barnes, and Darren Hancock’s El Major ($5.80) were the only other runners in single figures.
When the green light was given there was a line of three who battled for the lead with Parramatta in between Village Witch and El Major.
But Parramatta got the job done and crossed in front of Village Witch.
As Turnbull then eased things off, Chumlee was guided forward on a three wide run before settling in the death seat, the move shuffling El Major back into the one-one.
Parramatta cruised through sectionals of 32.6 and 33.1 seconds before finally urging the favourite to give some 300m from home.
A lead of three-quarters of a length quickly grew to two, Parramatta clocking a 27.6 final quarter to win in a 2:01.6 mile rate.
Chumlee crossed the line 5.8m further back, holding off El Major by a head.
It marked the third time that Turnbull has driven the winner of the Cherry Festival Cup, having previously done so with Avonnova (2011) and Im Blue Double Dee (2013) for her father-trainer Steve Turnbull.
Turnbull is now weighing up whether or not to take Parramatta to Menangle, while Chumlee will be sent to the paddock.
“Chum will have a break now because he’s had a fairly busy time the last couple of weeks,” Turnbull said.
Turnbull also won a pair of memorials at Young, Pump The Brakes ($1.20) and Greenngold ($1.50) saluting as favourites.