Baggio’s breakthrough win proves to be a pleasant surprise for Dubbo trainer Connie Greig

VICTOR: Connie Greig enjoyed a winning double at Parkes on Saturday. Photo: BELINDA SOOLE
VICTOR: Connie Greig enjoyed a winning double at Parkes on Saturday. Photo: BELINDA SOOLE

Baggio’s win at Parkes on Saturday came as a surprise for Connie Greig.

The second leg of a double for Greig on Saturday, Baggio had barely featured better than last in her first four starts for the Dubbo trainer.

“I regarded stablemate Emo Girl as the better winning prospect as Baggio has been very disappointing since joining the stable,” Greig revealed after taking out the Cambridge Hotel Benchmark 51 Handicap (1300m).

Formerly trained by Gerald Ryan, the six year old gelding Baggio is now owned by Michelle Jones, a long time client of the Greig stable.

Taken to the early lead at Parkes by apprentice Kath Bell- Pitomac, Baggio ($16) was an easy winner from Some Nights (Ken Dunbar, $11) and Favoured Grace (Billy Owen, $3.50 equal fav.).

Felicette, first leg of the Connie Greig double, had good form coming into the Tony Miller Windscreen Benchmark 50 Handicap (1000m) and won comfortably as a $3.20 favourite.

Superbly ridden by apprentice Wendy Peel, Felicette from midfield gained a dream rails run turning for home and won by over three lengths from Decades (Andrew Banks, $10) and Mr De Niro (Katelyn Jenkinson, $6).

Trained at Canberra by Joe Ible, Planet Reine (Billy Owen, $5) emerged on the scene at the right time to beat Louisiana Belle (Richard Bensley, $3) and Carinda Road (Andrew Banks, $5) in the Fire Service Volunteers Maiden Handicap (1200m).

Approaching the home turn in this race, Silent Oath (Martin Haley) broke down and fell and the following Irish Spy (Daniel Pitomac) was unable to avoid the incident. 

Martin Haley and Daniel Pitomac suffered injuries and were taken by ambulance to hospital.

Former top jockey Kody Nestor who is now a trainer at Dubbo, won the opening event with Ginger Gypsy (Jake Pracey-Holmes, $2 fav.) which led throughout to win the GC McCabe & Co Maiden Plate (800m) from Starlike (Richard Bensley, $3.80) and Pekna (Billy Owen, $3.50).

Another to set the pace was Yeas And Nays (Ken Dunbar, $3.80), a two lengths winner of the Bob Skinner Painting & Decorating Class 1 Handicap (1000m) from Will She Appeal (Katelyn Jenkinson, $11) And Blinkin Dusty (Tiffany Jeffries, $4.80).

Yeas And Nays is trained at Forbes by Dennis Bush for the Taylor family from Sydney.