May, McFarlane combine for wins

THE combination of Rosehill-based trainer Greg McFarlane and former English jockey Kevin May continued their recent raid on country race meetings with a winning double at Parkes on Saturday.

McFarlane, a former Australian cyclist, and May landed a winning double at the matinee meeting, less than two weeks after claiming another pair of winners at Orange's Christmas Eve meeting.

Four-year-old mare Rose Of Aranmore kicked things off for the pair with a win in the BFY-Launch Night 5/1 Maiden Plate (1400m).

A well-supported $2.60 favourite, Rose Of Aranmore sat near the speed through the early stages before kicking away to beat Dashexpress ($4.60, Hannah Martin by two-and-a-quarter lengths with Dominico ($8.00, Mathew Cahill) a further one-and-a-half lengths away in third.

Later in the day Old Mate Shov showed toughness to hold his rivals at bay in the BFY-Trent Morgan Memorial (1400m).

After sitting on top of a solid speed, Old Mate Shov ($5.00) was able to kick at the top of the straight just as Park Da Jet ($3.40 fav, Anthony Cavallo) loomed as a big danger.

Just as the favourite looked like winning his run ended and it was left to Call A Truce ($6.00, Mick Travers) to launch at Old Mate Shov.

But he ran out of time as the five-year-old held on to win by a neck with Park Da Jet third, a further head back.

Meanwhile, impressive sprinting prospect Zarhron took his career record to two wins from as many starts with a two-and-a-quarter length win in the BFY-Find Us On Facebook Class 2 Handicap (800m).

Trained at Cowra by Andrew Molloy and owned by former Canberra Raiders forward Ashley Gilbert, Zarhron (Adam Gain) went into the race on the back of a big win on debut at Narromine.

Stepping straight from maiden to Class 2 company the Zariz x Zahbowe gelding started a $1.30 favourite and led all the way at Parkes, beating Steel Bullet ($9.00, Mick Travers) and Fettler's Boot ($12.00, Cat Markwort).

Zarhron's time for the 800m was a slashing 44.50s.

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