An owner with his first ever starter and with a local jockey in the saddle, led to much excitement when Ghost Rider won the final event at Parkes on Saturday.
Jason Seddon, for 12 years a bull rider on the rodeo circuit and now a shearing contractor at Crookwell, purchased Ghost Rider after the gelding finished last at Sale in Victoria.
Now trained by another former bull rider Todd Smart, at Canberra, Ghost Rider had good support in the betting ring for the Parkes Farm Centre Benchmark 49 Handicap, 1300 metres.
Well ridden by Parkes jockey Tiffany Jeffries, Ghost Rider ($5) from midfield came with a strong finish to win by a length from Excellent Oratorio (Tony Cavallo, $3.20 favourite) with IBelieveinmiracles (Allan Chau, $6) a close third.
Tony Cavallo climbed off the canvas to win the Tony Miller Windscreen Benchmark 55 Handicap (1000 metres) on Highly Charged for Wagga Wagga trainer John Marzol.
Highly Charged seemed likely to be a late scratching when Cavallo was dislodged in the mounting yard and received ambulance officer attention for a leg injury while the other runners were taken back to the stabling area.
A courageous Cavallo insisted he was able to contest the race and Highly Charged ($10) racing off the pace in a packed field swept to victory over Return Journey (Simone Vella, $6) and Whispadah (Allan Chau, $12).
Racing at Mendooran Saturday, Mudgee Sunday.