Truly Gold strikes paydirt
Versatile galloper Truly Gold has broken a long winning drought in emphatic style, claiming the $70,000 XXXX Gold Narrogin Cup (1900m) on Sunday afternoon.
Trained by Murray Wallace, Truly Gold scored the biggest win of his 34-start career when taking out the Narrogin Racing feature race in dominant fashion.
A $17 chance on the tote, Truly Gold was given a perfect run midfield with cover by jockey Simone Altieri from barrier two. The six-year-old gelding moved off the inside nearing the home corner and sprinted home strongly when finding clear galloping room in the straight to win by 1¼ lengths on the line.
The well-supported Brothers Keeper ran a brave race to finish second and the Brett Pope-trained Witness In Court produced a big finish burst to grab third. Magical Charm, the $2.80 favourite, finished 11th of the 12 runners in the cup.
Truly Gold broke a 704-day winning drought in the process and has won at distances between 1300m and 2025m in his career.
Rider Mitchell Pateman, who was on Witness In Court, finished with a winning double on the nine-race program after guiding Sax On Que and Sixpence Spent to victory earlier in the day.
Sound Of Fury was ultra impressive in winning the final event by more than two lengths and top metropolitan trainer Adam Durrant won the opening race with smart youngster Laylo.
Albany trainers Holly Taylor and Paul Hunter both notched victories with Pasajero and Sax On Que respectively.
You Know What I Mean won the TabTouch Better Your Bet Handicap (930m) but hoop Andrew Castle was suspended for 10 days after his successful ride.
He pleaded guilty to a careless riding charge in the race when moving outwards in the final 100m that caused interference with Herbell and Fire Ant.
Narrogin Racing’s next thoroughbred meeting comes up on Friday, March 1.
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