Parramatta follows Banjo Patterson and Wattle Time victories with Cowra Cup success

WINNER, WINNER: John O'Shea leads Parramatta down the straight towards the finishing post during Sunday's Mother's Day Cowra Cup at Cowra Paceway. Photo: LIZZ DOBSON

WINNER, WINNER: John O'Shea leads Parramatta down the straight towards the finishing post during Sunday's Mother's Day Cowra Cup at Cowra Paceway. Photo: LIZZ DOBSON

Parramatta has added more silverware to his collection on Sunday with victory in the Mother’s Day Cowra Cup.

The Amanda Tunbull-trained gelding, driven by John O’Shea, negotiated a tricky barrier eight at Cowra Paceway to get clear by the final turn, setting a blistering 59.2 seconds second-half for a 1:57.3 mile rate.

His 29.2 seconds fourth quarter drew Parramatta clear of the race leaders at the top of the final bend but he was given a late challenge from Condagen who had made a move from the outside.

Dubbo’s Mister Jogalong got out well from gate five and sat third early on and while driver Kurt Lew seemed to be travelling well when sitting sixth at the bell he couldn’t make up ground on the leading pack.

The result bolsters Parramatta’s collection of trophies in 2017, having won the Orange Banjo Patterson Cup and Cootamundra Wattle Time Cup in February and March. 

The Club Dubbo Garrard’s Golden Gig Heat was won by Master Benny, with the final to be run at Dubbo Harness Racing Club on May 26.

Georges Plaines trainer-driver Bernie Hewitt enjoyed plenty of success at the Cowra track and collected both the Charlie Muddle Memorial and Sam Agostino Memorial prizes with Gunna Cullect and Taylors Reason respectively.

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