CARINDA Road’s staying career blossomed when he won $12,000 Boggabri RSL Cup Benchmark 58 Handicap (2050m) at Gunnedah on Saturday.
Trained at Dubbo by Clint Lundholm, the gelding had won twice from 19 starts before the run but had found better form after winning at Come-By-Chance in September of last year.
“He’s hardly missed a place since, he’s flying,” Lundholm said.
“He went to Gil the other say and won well there and kept improving.”
Greg Ryan notched his third winner of the day at Gunnedah while handing Lundholm a double and the Dubbo jockey was always confident.
“We got some cover,” he told Lundholm.
“I let him slide at the half mile.”
Carinda Road motored up the rail to beat George Woodward’s Big Roy by a length and three quarters with Sally Torrens’ Stirling Shadow a half-length away third.
That Carinda Road is a bit “scatterbrained at home” is no surprise to Lundholm.
“He’s a Power and Destiny and they can all be highly strung,” he said.
“I had a quick yarn to Greg after his win at Gil and he thought he’d get the 2050m here.”
It was his first time over 2050m, his previous longest race had been a 1700m in a previous preparation."
The Dubbo trainer is unsure of where he will head now with the gelding.
“He’s race by race,” Lundholm said.
“Haven’t got anything picked out. He’s getting better, confident and maturing.”
Lundholm and Ryan also combined to win with Mum's The Word in the Boggabri Meats Benchmark 58 Handicap (1000m) at Gunnedah.
Both jockey and trainer described the mare as one with a "big ticker".
She has now won three of her 18 starts for Lundholm, who acknowledged her size and marvelled at her courage after the run on Saturday.