Over the Odds

Overcoming a significant handicap increase, the Rodney Northam, Scone trained Red Knot romped to victory on Sunday in the $30,000 Qube Logistics-Cotton Cup at Warren.

Red Knot carried 54.5 kg when an all the way winner of the recent Coonabarabran Cup but was burdened with 59.5kg over the same 1600 metres trip at Warren.

Riding in great form,Wyong based Serg Lisny after winning the Coonabarabran Cup on Red Knot, won the Kempsey Cup on Friday aboard Lippy And Pearls and then gave Red Knot a charmed run in the Cotton Cup.

Lisny won the start before easing Red Knot to stalk the leader Cowboys Karma which was shooting for five successive wins.

Taking control in the straight, Red Knot ($2.60 favourite) was a convincing winner by over three lengths from Uncle Sugar (Claire Nutman, $12) and Shadow Affair (Chris Williams, $8).

Feature sprint the Macquarie Toyota Warren Dash (1200 metres) saw a return to winning form by the nine year old gelding Shadow Force, a former Western Racing Association "Horse of the Year".

Now the winner of 11 races and placed 23 times, the Kylie Kennedy, Narromine trained Shadow Force (Jake Pracey-Holmes, $5.50) held a slender lead turning for home and fought hard to hold out Danish Lace (Daniel Northey, $5) and Joey's Destiny (Michael Hackett, $2.05 fav.).

Tuncoona which created a big impression with runaway wins at Enngonia and Dubbo before failing on a wet track was back in the winners circle after the Complete Asset Management Benchmark 54 Handicap (1000 metres) at Warren. Trained at Dubbo by Clint Lundholm for Phillip Ridge and partners.