Dubbo trainers perform well at Wellington

Cowra-based jockey Eleanor Webster-Hawes and the Coonamble trained six-year-old mare Also A Star are proving a good combination with successive wins at Narromine and Wellington.

Prior to becoming united with Webster-Hawes, Also A Star had gone more than 20 starts and more than two years since the last win, which was recorded at Mudgee.

WINNING PARTNERSHIP: Eleanor Webster-Hawes teamed up with trainer Cec Hodgson to again win with Also A Star at Wellington on Saturday. Photo: JANIAN MCMILLAN (www.racingphotography.com.au)

WINNING PARTNERSHIP: Eleanor Webster-Hawes teamed up with trainer Cec Hodgson to again win with Also A Star at Wellington on Saturday. Photo: JANIAN MCMILLAN (www.racingphotography.com.au)

Now the overall winner of seven races, Also A Star is trained by Cec Hodgson for Andrew Schier and Allan Steele from Gilgandra.

At Narromine a week ago, Eleanor Webster-Hawes gave Also A Star a charmed run behind the leaders and the Cowra jockey produced another top ride in the Nautical Pools Benchmark 50 Handicap (1700m) at Wellington on Saturday.

From the widest gate in the twelve horse field, Also A Star ($6.50) was placed in a nice position running fifth going down the back straight before sprinting home for a one length win over Indoshadow (Rachael Murray, $7) and the Clint Lundholm-trained Hungerford Wonder (Kody Nestor, $8).

Rachael Murray from Scone, who set the pace on runner-up Indoshadow, went one better when winning the Barnson Benchmark 60 Handicap (1400 metres ) on the Garry Lunn, Dubbo-trained Swiggin'.

Swiggin', which also won at Narromine for Lunn and Murray as a $16 outsider, was again at generous odds ($9) at Wellington.

On Saturday, after racing near the lead, finished best to beat Captain Scott (Aaron Bullock, $3.40) and Super Chase (Kacie Chater, $8).

There was more success for Dubbo trainers when the Peter Nestor-trained Danish Lace (Kaylee Kirkwood, $2) cleared out in the straight to win the S&S Lousick Earthmoving Benchmark 65 Handicap (1100m) by nearly five lengths.

Grey gelding Mr Swift, trained at Condobolin by Mark Ward for his daughter Dr Lily Ward (Forbes, David Simmons (Trundle) and Wayne McDonell ( Orange ) prevailed over a smart field of sprinters in the Byrne Plumbing Class 1 Handicap ( 900 metres ).

Gaining a rails run, Mr Swift (Clayton Gallagher, $3.60) arrived in time to win by a half head from London Cab (Ken Dunbar, $21).

In other racing news, the venue for the annual Central Districts and Western Area Christmas party and charity bowls day this coming Saturday is the Macquarie Bowling Club at Dubbo.

Bowls commence at 1.30 pm (nominations by 1pm sharp) with a $30 fee (including BBQ dinner) while it is $15 for non players.

All are welcome with a charity auction, yabbie races and entertainment for children.

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