Wodonga trainer Brian Cox has had a big weekend, winning the Echuca Cup with Minnie Downs and the Corowa and Towong cups.HANNAH DRISCOLL March 10, 2014 4:05am
Brian Cox’s Minnie Downs (left), ridden by Regan Bayliss, just pips Peter Moody’s Kitten On The Run on the post in the Echuca Cup yesterday.
The weekend became the Cox Cup carnival.
Wodonga trainer Brian Cox took out a treble of country cups at the weekend, including the $70
Cox’s five-year-old mare Minnie Downs, last year’s Bendigo Gold Bracelet winner and runner-up in the Rewards Trophy on Melbourne Cup day, won the Echuca Cup yesterday ahead of Peter Moody’s Kitten On The Run and Terry and Karina O’Sullivan’s Magic Me.
Minnie Downs settled on the inside in the middle of the field, and did not find an opportunity for a clear run until the 200
An hour later another of Cox’s horses, Full Hand, won the $30
Echuca Racing Club chief executive Alex Doble said the Echuca Cup win was ‘‘a well-deserved win for connections’’.
‘‘Brian Cox has been a very long supporter of Echuca Racing Club, there’s not too many meetings where he doesn’t have a runner,’’ Doble said. ‘‘Congratulations to Brian and the connections and a great ride by an apprentice, Regan Bayliss.
‘‘Obviously it’s a non-claiming race, so Brian thought enough of him to put him on its back and good luck to both of them, a great success.’’
In the next race at Echuca, Johnstone was the only local entry with What A Snitz in the $40
Johnstone also trained Shadoways and held the spoils of what could be seen as her own race yesterday after What A Snitz, ridden by Jack Hill, scored his fourth win narrowly from Peter Moody’s Bel Seal.
The four-year-old jumped beautifully from the outside barrier to settle in second behind Snip The Dancer, who started from the inside.
Snip The Dancer led the nine-horse field into the straight until just past the 200
The two raced to the line but the local won by a nose.
Doble said it was great to have a local winner of the Shadoways Sprint after Johnstone had two of the five runners last year, but only took third and fourth.
‘‘As part of her acceptance speech she said she thought she had a reasonably good chance last year
‘‘But it jumped very well and got a nice possie behind the leader and it probably looked a bit flat on the home turn and all of a sudden it got a second wind and it steamed home and got the decision on the line.’’
Minnie Downs paid $5 for a win, while What A Snitz paid $12.80.
They were far from the most outside chances to get up; the last race yesterday went to El Mandoma, paying $15.70, while the race five winner Comical Time paid $51.80.
There were also a few unexpected results on Saturday with Shecky’s Laughter paying $16.10 for winning the third race.
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