Narromine trainer Kylie Kennedy recommended the purchase of Long Lasting and she left the owners and connections delighted on Saturday when the gelding took out the $20,000 George Green Dandy Cup (1200m) at her home track.
Owned by the Bourchier, Wallace and Howell families, as well as Kennedy, Long Lasting took out an exciting feature race during a bumper day of action at the track.
For part owner and Narromine Turf Club vice president Mark Bourchier the day was a huge success as the meeting attracted what many stated as the biggest crowd in the past 20 years.
Jockey Daniel Northey took Long Lasting ($5.50) to the lead early on in the Cup but he was made the fight hard all the way down the straight to hold out Darren Hyde’s Found At Last (Kody Nestor, $7) by a nose, with Flying By (Ken Dunbar, $9) a close third.
Pre-race favourite Two Penny Blue ($4.20) loomed around the outside as the field entered the bend for home but couldn’t go on with the job as the three horses who led the race early continued on towards home.
While Dubbo trainers missed out in the Dandy Cup, Connie Greig scored a double on the day with Our Sarastro and Emo Girl both scoring.
Greig, who moved out west from Hawkesbury in the winter, gave Dubbo apprentice Chris Williams the third win of his career when Our Sarastro ($2 favourite) led from start to finish in the Barnson Engineering Benchmark 55 Handicap (1600m).
Under strong riding from Greg Ryan, Emo Girl ($3.30 ) came from midfield to defeat Cowboys Karma (Kody Nestor, $8) by a long head in the Aquawest BM 53 Handicap (1300m) while Sunshine Royale (Mathew Cahill, $7) was third
Greg Ryan also won the Agrigrain 2-3 Year Old Maiden Plate (800m) on Azzie's Ready ($1.70 favourite) while the Barry Molloy-trained Lake Lugarno was an impressive winner of the 2Du-Zoo FM class 2 Plate (800m).
Lake Lugarno has now won three times and placed twice from six starts and on Saturday the $2.30 favourite finished strongly to edge out Mr Swift (Nyssa Burrells, $6 ) by a head.