By Colin Hodges
Trainers from Forbes and Parkes led in winners at meetings held at Louth and Narromine over the weekend.
Eugowra based Bill Hayes who trains his gallopers at the Forbes track, recently purchased Conquest from Goulburn stables with the plan to have a starter at the famous Louth meeting which attracts a huge crowd each year.
Raced by Bill Hayes in partnership with his daughter Natalie Hayes and Lleyton Purdie, the five year old gelding Conquest was ridden by Tony Cavallo in the 1400 metres Class 2 Handicap.
After tracking the leader to the hometurn, Conquest ($5) wore down Work And Chat (Wendy Peel, $4.60) to win by a long neck with Another Plan (Michael Heagney, $4.40) finishing third.
Following second placings at Mudgee, Nyngan and Carinda, the George Wright Jnr., Parkes trained Pullman Brown won the Macdonald $ Co Woolbrokers Class 1 Handicap (1000 metres) at Louth.
First leg of a winning double for Tony Cavallo, Pullman Brown ($3.50 favourite) led throughout to win by over two lengths from Nothing (Aaron Sweeney, $8) and Sam (Jake Pracey-Holmes-Holmes, $17).
The next day at Narromine, the Peter Kirby, Forbes trained Miss Charlie was an impressive winner of the 1200 metres Signvision Class 1 Handicap.
A brilliant ride by Chelsea Ings saw Miss Charlie ($41) sprinting through narrow openings from well back in the big field to arrive in time and win by a half length from Miss Lon (Wendy Peel, $26) and Vonnegutesque (Qin Yong, $21).
"Miss Charlie goes really well and I'm surprised at the long odds that were offered about her chances ", said the Hawkesbury based Chelsea Ings.
Racing at Dubbo on Friday and Parkes on Saturday.
The Land reported that strong wind gusts during the night and the morning had the dust flying, however as the day progressed the wind subsided and a great day's racing was had by all.