Trevor Sutherland’s “dole cheque” – Benno’s Boy – is in rarefied air after stealing yet another win in Albury on Saturday.
The seven-year-old lined up for his 106th consecutive start in the Laser Electrical Benchmark 58 Handicap (900m) at $4.20 and found his legs with a rail-hugging run on a soft track.
Trapped behind Murrawee ($4.20) and Maria Elisa ($15) with 400m to go, jockey Bradley Vale worked Benno’s Boy hard on the inside and broke clear to edge Murrawee by less than half a length.
It’s the kind of run that Sutherland has come to love and expect of the bay gelding.
“I thought he worked really hard out there,” Sutherland said.
“He got caught back but came home strong in the end.
“I was really happy, couldn’t be happier actually.”
Benno’s Boy was Sutherland’s best on a strong day for the stable with Tearful Kitty and Kappy Cino also finishing on the podium.
Riding in the Albury Demolitions Benchmark 66 Handicap (1600m), Tearful Kitty ($12) shot out of the blocks and hung third but couldn’t match it with eventual winner Get Ya Kicks ($6.50) and runner up Lawton Joseph ($5.50) in the final dash.
Kappy Cino ($8) was Sutherland’s surprise packet of the day, running second in the Pinners Refrigeration Benchmark 66 Handicap (1175m).
The five-year-old hung nine lengths off the lead before settling at the back of the pack with 600m to run.
Jockey Bryan Murphy then weaved her up into fourth and took it home strongly, seeing off third-placed Pacific Tycoon ($6.50) by half a neck at the death.
Neither had any chance of reeling in the red-hot favourite, Mount Horeb ($2.60), who flew clear to win by three lengths.
“I thought Kappy Cino went real good actually,” Sutherland said.
“She got a long way back and really attacked the line at the end, which was part of the plan for her.
“We’re putting together a sort of long term plan for her now, so hopefully she keeps riding that way.”
Sutherland said the soft conditions were well suited to Kappy Cino.
“She’s a much better wet tracker than a dry tracker.”
Meanwhile, Wagga jockey Blaike McDougall enjoyed another successful weekend with three wins.
McDougall opened his account with Ocean Hero in the Johnson MME Maiden Plate (1175m) before taking Hail The Hero and Waiting For A Mate to wins in the Boss Better Living Class One Handicap (1400m) and Commercial Club Albury Class One Handicap (1175m).