Danish Lace was handed 64.5kg to carry prior to Monday’s PW Concrete Coonamble Flying (900m) at Coonamble but that wasn’t enough to stop the gelding score yet another win.
The combination of Danish Lace and apprentice jockey Kaylee Kirkwood scored with aplomb at Coonamble, the Peter Nestor-trained star sprinter showing no struggles as she moved clear in the straight and recorded a convincing three-and-a-half-length win.
Danish Lace, whose weight was slightly offset by Kirkwood’s claim, was one of two top weights in the event with the Brett Thompson-trained Slate On Edge having his 64kg lowered after the booking of another apprentice in the shape of Mikayla Weir. While Danish Lace showed all her class, Slate On Edge battled in his first race since running last at January of last year.
Later in the day, Forbes trainer Dennis Bush took out the Western Racing Association Championship Preview (1300m) with Molasses.
While the event was meant to showcase contenders for the $150,000 Qualifier at Dubbo Turf Club on March 25, it was won by a horse ineligible for that event. Molasses ran eighth in the Central Districts Qualifier last month and despite that event at Mudgee being run in horrendously wet conditions, he had no trouble on Monday.
“The first thing I asked ‘Bushy’ was how he got over it. It was a heavy 45 that day,” winning jockey Anthony Cavallo said.
“He assured me it did and the horse travelled like a winner all the way.”
Dubbo trainer Clint Lundholm saw a pair of his Championships contenders tune-up for the Qualifier with solid runs. Tuncoona ($9) ran second while Joey’s Destiny ($4 favourite) ran home well to finish fourth.