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Racing Review – Classy Rebel wins at Gilgandra

Classy Rebel and Patrick May are both talented gallopers and their clash in the 1280m Collie Hotel Cup was a highlight at Gilgandra on Saturday. Trained at Dubbo by Dar Lunn, Classy Rebel has won 9 races since May, while the Leo Harland trained Patrick May won the Satellite at Parkes and has raced well against strong company.

Classy Rebel started as $3.50 favourite, while Patrick May, resuming from a break started at $3.70. Away quickly, Patrick May pressured Classy Rebel for the lead with Casey Waddell on Proudest Moment was also keen to have the lead in the run to the home turn. After a good battle, Classy Rebel (Clayton Gallagher) pulled away to beat Patrick May (Jake Pracey-Holmes) by a length and a half with a short head to Gadfly (Tony Cavallo, $11).

As only essential personnel were allowed at the meeting due to Covid-19, most local owners who race the Kieren Hazleton trained Chesty were watching from home as their 4yo gelding contested the 1200m Maiden Handicap. One owner, Gilgandra Jockey Club President, Jason Tate was on course helping run the meeting and was pleased with the performance of Chesty, at the third start in a race.

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