Dubbo trainer Brett Robb almost completed a rare double during a busy Anzac Day of racing.
Robb was well represented on Monday as he had a number of chances race at Nyngan's annual Anzac Day meeting while Great Buy, one of his stable stars, contested the prestigious Bathurst Soldier's Saddle (1400m) at Tyers Park.
He was represented by five gallopers at Nyngan and the worst result was a second.
The highlight of a winning treble was victory for Rylan's Pick $3.40 favourite in the Nyngan Cup main event while there was also success for Legal Zou and Drunkasamonkey.
At Bathurst, Great Buy was contesting his first event since the $500,000 Country Championships Final at Randwick earlier in the month and showed his strong pace early again after jumping a $4 favourite in the Soldier's Saddle.
It wasn't to be for Robb and jockey Michael Heagney though, as the well-backed Lemaire ($4.50, Winona Costin) ensured a second straight Saddle win for Tara and Philippe Vigouroux.
Having claimed the 2021 saddle with Zouologist the Hawkesbury trainers made their return to Tyers Park with another leading hope in Lemaire, who came to Bathurst in great form with a win at Wagga and a runner-up finish at Scone.
Lemaire delivered, taking the lead from Great Buy with 100m to go and winning by a half-length while Bjorn Baker's O'Not A Doubt ($4.60) was third.
"It played out perfectly," winning jockey Costin said.
"He's a great frontrunning horse but with the speed on he's able to take a sit. He's very versatile," she said.
"My dad owns a little share in him so it's a big win. He's a horse with a lot of talent so I had plenty of faith in him."
Costin has been on Lemaire for all four of the Zariz gelding's starts this preparation, including his tough 15th placing in the $150,000 Provincial Championship.
Across at Nyngan, Rylan's Pick was a popular winner of the cup courtesy of strong links to the community and plenty of support in the betting ring.
Rylan's Pick is owned by local identities Ken and Kerry Wright, is trained by former Nyngan-based Robb and was one of four winners on the day for jockey Clayton Gallagher, who served most of his apprenticeship with Rodney Robb at Nyngan.
Rodney Robb, the trainer of cup runner-up Rogue Runner, is the father of Brett Robb and has been the backbone of racing at Nyngan for decades.
Although easing from $2.60 to $3.40 favourite when the money came for Rogue Runner ($8 to $3.80), Rylan's Pick nevertheless proved costly for bookmakers.
Leading all the way Rylan's Pick survived a serious challenge in the straight to score by a half length from Rogue Runner (Jake Barrett) while Allez Rev (Zara Lewis, $11) was third for Menindee trainer Wayne Marsden.
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