Race two had the crowds on the edge of their seats at the Dubbo Turf Club as the 1120 metre maiden culminated in a four-way photo finish.
Very little separated the field at the turn with leaders Tale Of The Kraut (Jake Pracey-Holmes, $11), Highly Influential (Anthony Cavallo, $6.50) and Smart Moove (Billy Cray, $4.40 favourite) running three abreast at the rail.
With just 100m remaining Brett Cavanough’s emergency Ramingining (Grant Buckley, $7) and Ourtheo (Wendy Peel, $12) began to strike out wide.
But the emergency fought hard all the way to the line to edge out Ourtheo by the tiniest of margins: 0.01 of a length.
Smart Moove finished 0.04 lengths back in third with Tale Of The Kraut 0.2 back in fourth.
Buckley laughed when asked what he and Cavanough’s plan had been going into the race.
“There was no plan … the trainer said ‘do your best!’,” the jockey joked.
“Just when I sort of peeled off their backs and went between a couple of horses there, he sort of laid in, he did a few things wrong, he’s still learning his trade.
“But credit to the horse, he fought really hard to the line and a couple of times there I thought he was a sitting duck and going to get beaten but he sort of felt the other horses’ presence, fought on and it was a really game win.
It was Buckley’s only win of the day but he unlucky not to salute again, riding three horses to second placings: Barbass in race three, Lulu’s Destiny in race five and Yankee Tango (another emergency) in race eight.
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