Benno finds winning edge

WINNERS ARE GRINNERS: An elated Stacey Metcalfe returns after guiding County Limerick to victory at Narrandera on Saturday. Pictures: Kieren L Tilly
WINNERS ARE GRINNERS: An elated Stacey Metcalfe returns after guiding County Limerick to victory at Narrandera on Saturday. Pictures: Kieren L Tilly

Benno’s Boy bounced back to winning ways with a dominant performance at Narrandera on Saturday.

The Trevor Sutherland-trained gelding eased to victory in the LW 'Blue' Peacock Memorial Benchmark 55 Hcp (1200m). 

Working his way to the front from a wide alley, Benno’s Boy kicked clear in the straight.

Jockey Byran Murphy didn’t have to work too hard as Benno’s Boy defeated Miss Farloo by over three lengths.

Ron Steiner’s mare made plenty of ground up in the straight, but never looked a chance of reeling in the winner.

It was the five-year-old’s first win in 10 start.

Sutherland, who was watching on from Scone, was pleased to see the consistent galloper win.

While winless since claiming back-to-back success at Carrathool and Wellington in March, Benno’s Boy had been placed in four of his starts including a last-time third at Gundagai.

Sutherland thought drawing that little closer helped turn the cards.

“He went good,” Sutherland said.

“I was confident he would win and he was straight on the bunny, went away and done the job good.

“His run at Gundagai was phenomonal – he sat five deep the trip – and he had come on since then so he was in the perfect race for him.

“He’s been an honest horse and doing a very good job.”

The win sees the son of ….. break through the $100,000 mark.

Most of that has been earned over the past year where’s he’s claimed six of his nine wins.

Sutherland doesn’t have too many plans just yet but is looking to make the most of racing throughout the winter.

“We will just chip through the winter as he loves the wet tracks,” he said.

“He’ll come into his own from here on in and I think there is a lot of suitable races for him going forward over the next two or three months.”

Meanwhile, Class Clown delivered a thrilling win for Wagga trainer Chris Heywood.

Booting up from barrier one, the top weight led all the way to take out the Landmark Narrandera and Fabstock Wagga Class 3 Hcp (1400m).

But only just.

He had to dig deep and went on to win by a nose.

Just finding the line in time, Class Clown defeated Midnight Swing by the barest of margins.

Jockey Brendan Ward picked up a double on the six-race card.

First he combined with Leeton trainer Peter Clancy as Flying Fragments brought up his first win at start 10.

He then took out of the last aboard Northern Mist for Phil Sweeney.

It was the Jerilderie galloper’s second win from three starts.