Cameron Crockett won his first Silver Goblet at Dubbo Turf Club on Friday with a horse that could be well worth watching in the future.
Limited Reality went into the two-year-old feature event as the one to beat and he handled the tough going on the heavy 10 track best and held off the fast-finishing Watch Me Rumble to claim the win for Scone-based trainer Crockett.
The winning trainer felt the win was even better than it appeared on paper given Limited Reality was in only his second start and was carrying 59.9kg on the heavy track.
"I think the win is even better than it looked, in fairness," he said.
"I think the other horse (Watch Me Rumble) had 52 (kgs) on its back so I'll probably put him away now and give him a break.
"The horse, in fairness, is probably a little better than that. He did have a few things against him so that's good."
Limited Reality jumped a hot $1.35 favourite in what was a small field of five in Friday's edition of the time-honoured event.
Even in a bigger field Crockett's hope would likely have started favourite after winning by more than two-and-a-half lengths in eye-catching fashion at Gunnedah on debut last month.
Crockett had some concerns pre-race on Friday his gelding may get to lead to easily and lose his way a little in front and while the was true to an extent, jockey Aaron Bullock produced a controlled performance in the saddle to secure the win.
Watch Me Rumble was the big hometown hope for Dubbo trainer Clint Lundholm and he was on the second line of betting at $6 on debut after a strong trial win last month.
The promising filly missed the start on Friday and was last heading into the straight but with apprentice Elissa Meredith in the saddle she motored home in a big way and was only beaten by a head.
Boongarra Girl ($21) was third for jockey Ken Dunbar and Bathurst trainer Gayna Williams.
"Aaron had to carry him all the way up the straight so I was probably lucky to have him on him," Crockett said, before looking forward.
"It's great and good to have a two-year-old. I haven't had one for awhile and he'll probably be three by the time you see him again.
"He's had a hard run today so I won't over-tax him. I'd rathe keep the horse honest."
The win was the first in a race-to-race double for Crockett as Golden Avenger ($1.50 favourite) came out and won the Can Assist Dubbo Open Handicap (1000m).
The result took the four-year-old gelding's to an impressive four wins and five placings in 14 career starts.
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