Race re­sults

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Lee­ton trainer Peter Clancy has ded­i­cated his first Jer­ilderie Gold Cup win to his late wife Ner­rida.

Clancy’s horse Zar­reig blitzed the field by three lengths when he shot away over the con­clud­ing stages of the cup on Satur­day.

Clancy said he and his wife bred Zar­reig, which was owned by Ner­rida be­fore her death in Jan­uary.

‘‘We were mar­ried for about 56 years and both had a love for rac­ing; we bred a lot of horses at one stage with two stal­lions. Cer­tain mares were Ner­rida’s and Zar­reig was one of the horses from her mares.

‘‘It would be a very big win for her,’’ Clancy said.

Ap­pren­tice jockey Josh Richards was able to claim his two kilo­grams on the 10 year-old geld­ing and took ad­van­tage to bring his weight from 54kg to 52kg.

The claim worked as favourite Greipel car­ry­ing 61kg fin­ished sec­ond.

Clancy said he was happy to win at a track he con­sid­ers ‘lo­cal’.

‘‘It’s a good feel­ing to win the Jer­ilderie Gold Cup be­cause I’ve been around a while and that’s the first one I’ve won,’’ Clancy said.

‘‘It’s pretty much a lo­cal meet­ing for me com­ing from Lee­ton. Any of these tracks within an hour and a half drive are just like home.

‘‘Josh rode him re­ally well be­cause he isn’t an easy horse to ride.

‘‘He’s a horse that doesn’t al­ways try so you have to ride him a cer­tain way.

‘‘He won the Ber­ri­gan Cup two years ago so we could again tar­get that mov­ing for­ward,’’ Clancy said.

Richards said he knew early in the race Zar­reig would go close to win­ning.

‘‘He be­gan like he usu­ally does and I was able to get him into a nice spot be­hind the leader, not too far way.

‘‘On the cor­ner he was on their tail and go­ing along at a good speed; he just went up to the lead­ers and picked them up pretty eas­ily.

‘‘It’s good to win a fea­ture race early in the sea­son and hope­fully we can win a few more of them,’’ Richards said.

Jer­ilderie trainer Phil Sweeney’s Our Project fin­ished third in the main race.

Sweeney’s sec­ond starter Fi­nan­cial Miss led around the main turn but couldn’t hold on to a plac­ing, fin­ish­ing fourth.

Fel­low Jer­ilderie trainer Ross Pur­cell’s chance Saint Aquilina fin­ished fifth and Ber­ri­gan trainer Paul McVicar’s Hak­erak had to set­tle with sev­enth.

(From left) Jer­ilderie Gold Cup spon­sor Chris Noack, trainer Peter Clancy, jockey Josh Richards and Jer­ilderie Race Club pres­i­dent Des McRae.

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