Bathurst-based apprentice Jamie Gibbons rode his career-first winning double before a big crowd at Cobar on Saturday.
He saluted with Northern Myth in the Buckman Family Memorial Benchmark 50 Handicap (1,200 metres) and Stravali in the 1200 metres Vinty Delaney Memorial Class 1 Handicap.
Raced by a group from Tottenham and Trundle and trained at Nyngan by Rodney Robb, Northern Myth ($3.40) from near last dashed home along the rails to beat Keepcalmandcarryon (Tiffany Jeffries, $3.70) and Flatley’s Fortune (James Rogers, $3.40).
Stravali ($3.40) trained at Parkes by George Wright swept to the lead in the straight for a convincing win from See Bling (James Rogers, $3.20) and Artful Song (Rasit Yetimova, $12).
Parkes jockey Tiffany Jeffries has now won the $10,000 Cobar Cup (1700 metres) three times following a tough win by the Russell Green-trained Victorian Crown in the feature event.
Previous Cobar Cup winners for Jeffries have been War Horse for Russell Green, who trains at Wangaratta in Victoria, and Grimm for the Craig Tyack stable at Tullibigeal.
Victorian Crown, a former Dubbo-trained galloper, has been racing in great form and before Cobar had won successive Picnic Cups in Victoria at Swifts Creek, Healesville and Cranbourne before an unplaced run in the Deniliquin Cup.
Carrying the 61.5kg top weight at Cobar, Victorian Crown ($1.70 favourite) shook off Nipper’s Destiny near the home turn.
After a length of the straight stride-for-stride battle with the runner-up, defeated Bathurstian (Jamie Gibbons, $2.30) by a neck with eight lengths to third placed Queen Majesty (Daniel Pitomac, $7).
First leg of a winning double for Tiffany Jeffries was the Michael Plummer-trained Mr De Niro ($6) which overhauled the Wayne Prisk, Cobar-trained Vonnida (Kath Bell-Pitomac, $1.80 fav) close to home with Bulbadah (Kaylee Kirkwood, $4) third, in the Yanda Art – Lou Simon Memorial Benchmark 63 Handicap over 1000 metres.
Back to form, the Rodney Robb-trained Lucienne (Kaylee Kirkwood, $1.50 favourite) led throughout for a nine-length win over Bold Suggestion (Eleanor Webster-Hawes, $3.50) and Al Artois (Rasit Yetimova, $6) in the Sullivans & Mining Hardware Dr Allan Brady Memorial Class 2 Handicap, 1370 metres.
Meanwhile, Parkes trainer Sharon Jeffries had won the recent Cups at Trangie and Grenfell with Rehanaat, but had to share the spoils with Moree trainer Peter Sinclair when Rehanaat finished a dead heat for first with Track Flash in the CJ & AM Pastoral Company Marthaguy Picnic Cup (1,400m) at Quambone on Saturday.
Ridden by Hawkesbury based Michael Wade, Rehanaat ($2 favourite) led for home from Hyacintha and Edge Of Madness before Track Flash (Ricky Blewitt, $3.50) gained an inside run to draw level on the line with Rehanaat.
Cuban Lass (Shannon Fogg, $3) was over four lengths away third.
Jeffries had earlier won the Class 2 Handicap (1,200m) with Armedanddangerous (Michael Wade, $2.60) which led throughout.
George Wright, who is also a trainer at Parkes, had a busy day, winning at Cobar with Stravali and at Quambone with Choppa, ridden by Narromine based Ricky Blewitt in the Class 1 Handicap (1,400m).
Choppa ($3.50) raced close to the pace and won by over three lengths from Festival Of Light (Ridge Wilson, $2.50 favourite) and One Eye Watching ( Alan Barton, $7).
Nyngan trainer Rodney Robb also supported both meetings on Saturday, winning with Northern Myth and Lucienne at Cobar and at Quambone with Retreat Star (Ridge Wilson, $1.70 favourite) which took out the Maiden Plate (1,100m).
Displaying a stack of early speed from the barriers the Luke Berger, Inverell trained Cool Stinger (Scott Sweedman, $8) led all the way to win the Class 3 Handicap (800m) from Black Comedy (Ricky Blewitt, $2.20 ) and Jessie Prevails (Wilson, $1.80 favourite).