The cheering could be heard on the other side of the Castlereagh River on Saturday when the locally owned He's Our Toy Boy won the Edwards Livestock Exports Mendooran Cup (1200m).
Raced by a group of rodeo enthusiasts from Mendooran, the eight-year-old gelding He's Our Toy Boy is trained at Tamworth by Jane Clement and was ridden to perfection by Tony Cavallo.
After enjoying a nice run close to the pace, the heavily backed He's Our Toy Boy ($3.50 to $2 favourite) reached the lead in the straight and scored by nearly a length from Satan Da (Kate Cowan, $7) and Zoutenant (Yvette Lewis, $4).
Despite the severe drought, the Mendooran meeting attracted a big crowd and a drought of a different kind was broken when Miss Sakkara won the Class 2 Handicap (800m) early in the day.
The last race won by Miss Sakkara was at Mungery Picnics in October 2015 and since then the now eight-year-old mare had started 40 times with the best result being eight second placings.
Trained by Dennis Bush, Miss Sakkara ($6) with Bathurst apprentice Ashleigh Stanley in the saddle led throughout to win from Tango Time (Ashley Morgan, $4.60) and Sophie's Choice (Daniel Pitomac ,$21).
While Nyngan trainer Rodney Robb on Saturday was winning with Kaluapapa at the famous Birdsville meeting in outback Queensland he was represented at Mendooran by Relaxed (Jake Pracey-Holmes, $9), which came from midfield to beat So Good To Me (Tony Cavallo, $3.20 fav.) and Bel Attrait (Rasit Yetimova, $7) in the JJ McGirr Silver Horseshoe Class 2 Handicap (1500m).
In a good day for Nyngan stables, Greg O'Neill's Kiwicod (Tony Cavallo, $2.80 fav.) led all the way in the Maiden Plate (1500m) to account for Blinkin Nomore (Yvette Lewis, $7) and Thorn Lass (Kate Cowan, $21).
She's Sizzling set the pace in the Maiden Handicap (1200m) before the Troy O'Neile-trained Try 'N' Sing A Song (Daniel Northey, $4) swept to the lead and held on to beat Kenninghall (Ashley Morgan, $2.20 fav.) and Apricot (Yvette Lewis, $12).
Snippety Snip (Kate Cowan, $10), trained by Coonamble's Michael Denison, regained form to lead all the way when defeating Fioravanti (Daniel Northey, $13) and Rufio (Ashley Morgan, $4.80) in the Benchmark 50 Handicap (1000m).
Winning rider Kate Cowan, formerly from New Zealand, is now apprenticed to Dubbo trainer Kody Nestor and is quickly being tipped for a bright future.