Rare visit results in a win

A trip to Wagga through floodwaters was made worthwhile for Echuca trainer Rhys Archard on Saturday.

Archard brought one horse to the races and left with one winner after Solas stormed home late to take out the Group 9 Men of League Cup (2000m).

The win in the benchmark 55 handicap was the seven-year-old’s second in his last five starts.

He broke a nine-month drought at Echuca in August and just found enough to chase down Hard Go Jo at Murrumbidgee Turf Club.

Apprentice Lily Coombe looked to have stole a winning break aboard Hard Go Jo ($8) before Solas ($5) fired late.

Archard was impressed by his finish after taking his time to adjust to the NSW way of racing.

“It was his first time that way going,” Archard said.

“I wasn’t sure how we would go and it took a while to balance up in the straight.”

Forced to travel through floodwaters on the 3.5 hour trip north and come through some “hairy” moments, it was a rare trip to Murrumbigdee Turf Club for Archard.

However, there may be more to come.

“The increased prizemoney makes it a worthwhile trip if you have the right horse in the right race,” he said.

Archard also had a presence in the second Southern District meeting on Saturday.

He finished fourth in the Paraway Pastoral Company Deniliquin Cup (1400m) with Make Mine Brandy.

She finished three lengths off Craig Conron’s Lingo and is headed for a spell.

It was a day for doubles at the Men of League raceday.

Wagga trainer Trevor Sutherland started things off by taking out the first two races.

Outanabout broke through for his win at start three after finishing second earlier in the week.

Willy White Socks then scored his first win since April in the Bidgee Region Rugby League Class 2 Handicap (1200m). 

Nick Souquet was the next to get in on the double act when he picked up back-to-back wins.

He held off the challenge of Leica Bita Magic and John Kissick to win aboard Footmark for Andrew Dale before just timing it right with Correggio.

The Steve Cunnighham-trained gelding produced a fast finish to defeat Sir Ottavio by a nose.

It was the seven-year-old’s first win in 2.5 years.

Correggio hadn’t won since defeating Wagga Gold Cup winner Trade Commissioner in a $100,000 race at Sandown in April 2014.

After his earlier win on Willy White Socks, John Kissick brought up his double on Magic Scene for mother and son combination Barbara Joseph and Paul Jones.

Brock Ryan added to his win with Solas by taking out the last No When To Hold Em with for Neville Layt.

WELL DONE: Steve 'Blocker' Roach presents Brock Ryan with the trophy after taking out the Group 9 Men of League Cup on Saturday.

WELL DONE: Steve 'Blocker' Roach presents Brock Ryan with the trophy after taking out the Group 9 Men of League Cup on Saturday.

COMING AWAY: Solas storms past his rivals to take out the Group 9 Men of League Cup at Murrumbidgee Turf Club on Saturday. Pictures: Kieren L Tilly

COMING AWAY: Solas storms past his rivals to take out the Group 9 Men of League Cup at Murrumbidgee Turf Club on Saturday. Pictures: Kieren L Tilly

DRIVING FINISH: Corrieggio just gets the better of Sir Ottavio in a close finish to the William Farrer Hotel League Of Their Own Mile on Saturday.

DRIVING FINISH: Corrieggio just gets the better of Sir Ottavio in a close finish to the William Farrer Hotel League Of Their Own Mile on Saturday.

Nick Souquet

Nick Souquet

SUNNY DAY OUT: Cam Knox and Justine Sutton enjoy a day out during the Men of League raceday at Murrumbidgee Turf Club.

SUNNY DAY OUT: Cam Knox and Justine Sutton enjoy a day out during the Men of League raceday at Murrumbidgee Turf Club.

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