There was barely anything in it but in the end it was the Wanda Ings-trained Memphis Beau ($4.60) that won the first at Forbes on Saturday.
Starting from barrier four in the Amazing Forbes Class 1 Maiden Plate (1600 metres), Ings' chance would finish in first, 0.1 lengths ahead of the Maree Hopkins-trained Marcee in second.
Allan McRae's Ballet Ticker wasn't too far behind, trailing the leader by 1.16 lengths to claim the third and final placing.
It was the five-year-old gelding's first career win, after coming second at Coonamble back at August and third in her last start at Orange last month.
In the saddle for the win was Ashleigh Stanley, while Ings' daughter Chelsea was riding Graham Watts' Distant Promise ($26), which ultimately came sixth.
Bathurst trainer Dean Mirfin just missed out on placing with Neon Moon ($2.80 favourite), with Jake Pracey-Holmes in the saddle for the fourth place finish.
And while Mirfin missed out on the win in the first, he came just short with Supergaze ($3.20 favourite) in the third race - the Morrison Family Appreciation Class 2 Handicap (1300 metres) - before finally enjoying a win with De Forerunner in the fifth race of the meeting.
Starting from barrier 12, the three-year-old chestnut gelding was second-favourite at $3.60, with Kate Bell-Pitomac riding him to first, 1.63 lengths ahead of the Sharon Jeffries-trained Flashlin ($13) in second.
Paul Theobald's Tiger King ($26) also featured in the race, missing out on a placing in fifth.
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