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Wild Rocket wins Narromine Cup

Winner of the 2021 Narromine Gold Cup – Wild Rocket. Photo: Racing Photography

Wild Rocket has been a difficult horse to train, and Kylie Kennedy deserved the win in her hometown Narromine Gold Cup – her first Narromine Cup.

A noted bad traveller, the five-year-old mare has nevertheless finished second in a Country Championship Qualifier at Coonamble and fourth in the final at Randwick earlier this year.

With two wins and a second at Narromine, Wild Rocket again demonstrated a liking for the home track with an outstanding performance in the 1600m Cup.

One of five winners on the day for Cowra jockey Mathew Cahill, Wild Rocket ($5) came from last to win the Cup by over a length from the Forbes Cup winner From The Bush (Tony Cavallo, $2.60 fav) with the $91 outsider Caszar (Ken Dunbar) running a tremendous third for Forbes trainer Barry Molloy.

Patience, timing and brilliant horsemanship were all on display when Mathew Cahill rode the last five winners on Cup Day.

One of the wins was shared when Cahill on the Myron Cooper trained Elgin ($9.50) dead heated for first with Combogolong (Casey Waddell, $9) in the 1200m Lesley Walsh Memorial Class 1 Handicap. Bred and raced by Dennis Todd of Baradine and trained at Dubbo by Brett Robb, Combogolong has won Picnic races this year at Marthaguy, Moree, Bligh and Coonamble and making the transition to TAB company was only caught in the last stride by Elgin.

Two of Cahill’s winners were Cowra gallopers, Champagne Daisy ($18) trained by Michael Lynch to win the 800m Douglas Egan Memorial Benchmark 66 Handicap and in the 1300m Thank You And Farewell Todd Smith Benchmark 58 Handicap, Deshawn ($2.90 fav) trained by Barry Wall, the track curator for Cowra Jockey Club.

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