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Indian Thunder wins two in a row at the Ridge


Presentation of the Lightning Ridge Easter Cup – from left, President of Lightning Ridge Jockey Club Charlie Powell, Trainer Kevin Dixon, winner – Indian Thunder, Jockey Camille Houlgatte, Mrs Dixon and race sponsor Jo Lindsay. Photo Janian McMillan Racing Photography

Those who admire beautiful things wished they had a horse good enough to win the PW Concrete Lightning Ridge Cup on Easter Saturday.

Apart from the $7,450 first prize money, the undoubted lure was the trophy valued at over $25,000, a magnificent opal bracelet designed by Jo Lindsay and locally made at Lost Sea Opals.

As was the case last year, the trophy went back to the stables near Tamworth of Kevin Dixon, trainer of veteran galloper Indian Thunder.

Kelsey Lenton won the 2023 Cup on Indian Thunder and this year it was French born apprentice Camille Houlgatte in the saddle.

The nine-year-old Indian Thunder ($2.50 favourite) went to the early lead and thereafter fought off several rivals in the straight to win the 1200m Cup by a long neck from My Odette (Zoe Hunt, $6.50) and Toulon Factor (Shannen Llewellyn, $3.80).[…]


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