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Plectrum adds another Walgett Cup to collection

Most Successful Trainer Jane Clement with Most Successful Jockey Ronald Simpson. Photo Naya Jeffries

Adding to a great record on western area tracks, Plectrum won the 1400m Geronimo Farm Equipment – New Holland Walgett Cup on Saturday before a record crowd.

The now 8-year-old mare came to Graeme Brooker in 2019 after 2 wins on north coast tracks and has since won seven races for the Coonabarabran trainer including the last two cups at Walgett and cups at Carinda and Binnaway together with Benchmark Handicaps at Gilgandra and Walgett in 2021. Chelsea Ings has ridden Plectrum for the last six wins.

Ridden a clever front-running race by Chelsea Ings on Saturday, Plectrum ($4) won the Walgett Cup by a half-length from the second-place dead heaters Hardyo (Kelsey Lenton, $3.20 fav) and Amazingly (Wendy Peel, $3.50).

Jane Clement who trains the second placegetters at Armidale, later won the 1600m Benchmark 50 Handicap with Jade (Kelsey Lenton, $5) which finished best to beat Royal Samer (Wendy Peel, $7) and Borlotti (Paul Zerafa, $10).

The more-than-20 Walgett and Collarenebri based owners of Zoucan Toucan were in celebratory mood when their horse won the 1400m J.R & M.L. Moore Memorial Maiden Handicap.

Sensei Jackie and Better Than Pearls set the pace before the Kelly Smith, Collarenebri trained, heavily supported Zoucan Toucan (Ronald Simpson, $2 fav) coming from last early, ran home strongly to account for Castlehyde (Jake Barrett, $5) and Our City (Andrew Banks, $5).

Dubbo-based Ronald Simpson of Brewarrina made it ten wins over the past 12 days when he won the 900m Dubbo City Toyota Maiden Plate (900m) on the Cec Hodgson, Coonamble trained Twyborn Affair. {…]

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