Bathurst horses dominate Dubbo’s big Red Ochre meeting

Treble: Amanda Turnbull drove three winners on Friday night including Our Positano in the Little Red Jug final. Photo: FILE
Treble: Amanda Turnbull drove three winners on Friday night including Our Positano in the Little Red Jug final. Photo: FILE

Goulburn-trained mare My Casino Belle may have taken out the Red Ochre, but Bathurst trained horses dominated the rest of Dubbo Harness Racing Club’s big Carnival of Cups program on Friday night.

Amanda Turnbull landed the first feature of the evening when Our Positano ($1.50 fav) scored a tough win in the Arthur J Gallagher Little Red Jug Final (1720m) before her father Steve trained Dubbo Show Society Presidents Cup winner Conviction ($6.30, Amy Rees).

Some of the region’s best three-year-olds lined up in the 2018 running of the Peter Lew Memorial, and in a driving finish it was John O’Shea who got the best out of the Lester Hewitt-prepared He’s Chiming ($5.90), with the gelding taking his record to three wins and a second from four lifetime starts.

The biggest shock of the night came in the Club Dubbo Garrards Golden Gig Series Final (1720m) when $11.50 chance Masterchief, trained by Jody Bryant, scored a narrow win.

Driven by Cindy Bourke, the gelding scored just the second win of his career when he edged out Anakena ($13.90, Ellen Bartley) in the closest finish of the evening, earning the lion’s share of the $12,240 in prizemoney on offer.

The final feature, the $20,400 Quamby’s Stayers Dubbo Regional Council City Cup (2525m) saw punters hit back when Atomic Red, driven by Amanda Turnbull, justified his $1.10 quote.

He held off a gallant Ultimate Art ($14.40, Michael Formosa) with the third placegetter, Parramatta, more than 50m away in third place.

Turnbull completed her treble in the final race of the night when Firestorm Red ($1.90 fav) saluted in the Radio 2DU/ZOO FM Two Year Old Pace.