Albury trainer Andrew Dale has been to Berrigan in the past but hasn’t ever enjoyed much success until Saturday, adding the Berrigan Gold Cup to his resume.
Dale and jockey Jake Duffy teamed up to have two winners together on the day, while Duffy snared an extra winner in the earlier races.
Eight year-old gelding Little Red Devil won the $15,000 main race by a length to Magic Pegasus ridden by Jerilderie jockey Brooke Sweeney.
It was an impressive third-up win for the $8 longshot, as his previous two starts were ninth and eighth respectively.
Local trainer Paul McVicar took out the last minor place with a Quick Spin finishing third, while his second horse Hakerak came fourth.
Race favourite Silent Dream put in a disappointing run finishing a distant fifth.
Dale said it was a tremendous effort from his horse.
‘‘We thought we had him right third up today, his first two runs he probably wasn’t fit enough and faced the breeze a couple of times.
‘‘Jake galloped him on Tuesday, and he galloped well today, we thought if we get to the top or sit outside the leader we’d have a chance.
‘‘He won the Towong Cup and ran well in the Narrandera Cup so he’s been a really good winning horse and to take out three country cups is an extraordinary effort.
‘‘Not really sure where we'll go but we’ll just celebrate tonight (Saturday night).
‘‘It has been a good day, we won two races and probably should have won the fourth (with Biding Time).
‘‘It’s a super day, we came to Berrigan Cup day a few years ago and didn’t perform all that well so I always wanted to come back and to bring a good quality eight year old to win.’’
McVicar enjoyed a good day however was unable to come home with a win, snarring second in race two with Enconti finishing two lengths behing the Dale/Duffy combo of $4 Battlescar.
Jerilderie trainer Phil Sweeney only had one minor placing in the first race with Bianbarnie coming second to Rowling in Riches ridden by Duffy.
Fellow Jerilderie trainer Ross Purcell’s horse Zarsupreme came third in race two.
Results from Saturday:
Race 1, Maiden Plate (1100m): Rowling In Riches ($3.20), 1st; Bianbarnie ($5.80), 2nd; Wallach ($3.50), 3rd; Thomas James ($7), 4th; My Nice Tush ($7), 5th.
Race 2, Benchmark 50 Handicap (1100m): Battlescar ($4), 1st; Enconti ($9), 2nd; Zarsupreme ($9), 3rd; I’m A Prima Donna ($6), 4th; Doctor Force ($2.80), 5th.
Race 3, Class 2 Handicap (1200m): Lizzy’s Kid ($3.20), 1st; Smokey Ora ($3.20), 2nd; Never Tempted ($4), 3rd; Ready And Flying ($1.60), 4th.
Race 4, Benchmark 50 Handicap (1400m): Falcon Rubi ($11), 1st; Frozen Asset ($10), 2nd; Make Me Dough ($4), 3rd; Japanese Slipper ($4.40), 4th; Another Jay Brown ($9), 5th.
Race 5, Berrigan Cup (1600m): Little Red Devil ($8), 1st; Magic Pegasus ($6), 2nd; Quick Spin ($8), 3rd; Hakerak ($9), 4th; Silent Dream ($1.90), 5th.
Race 6, Maiden Plate ( 1600m): Cheap Choice ($3), 1st; Stella Vitae ($3), 2nd; Ambusher ($9), 3rd; Cincity ($8), 4th; Mateship ($2.80), 5th.
A total of eight horses ran in the $15,000 Berrigan Cup over 1600m on Saturday.
Read what the jockeys had to say moments after the race about how their horses ran.
1st Jake Duffy — Little Red Devil: ‘‘Really tough effort. Sort of fourth up today so I figured he’d be fit enough now. Got a beautiful run, couple of cheap sectionals and just out toughed the other horse when it came down to the nitty gritty at the finish.’’
2nd Brooke Sweeney — Magic Pegasus: ‘‘She ran super, tried her heart out. She’s just found another one better for the 13th time but that’s okay.’’
3rd Amanda Masters — Quick Spin: ‘‘He went good, had a good run in transit, they didn’t go real quick and they just skipped on the corner. Couldn’t quite pick them up but he ran a good race.’’
4th Lee Smith — Hakerak: ‘‘It was a little bit slow to begin, had some trouble at the gate, it took three times to open which isn’t good for him. From there he got up into a nice rhythm, tracked up strongly and I just had to make one good run at them. Thought he was pretty genuine.’’
5th Nick Souquet — Silent Dream: ‘‘Struggled to go.’’
6th Shirley Hunter — Doogan’s Destiny: ‘‘Travelled good through the run, thought there’s a chance but never finished off.’’
7th Josh Richards — Zarreig: ‘‘Not much to say, pretty ordinary. In a good position, happy where he was, travelled well and just didn’t want to do it today.’’
8th Robert Beattie — Annaman: ‘‘Limited and one better.’’
Little Red Devil won by a length to Magic Pegasus in the Berrigan Gold Cup.
(From left) Berrigan Cup race sponsor Daniel McNaught, owner Adrian Grantham, trainer Andrew Dale, jockey Jake Duffy, owner Damien Wilson and Berrigan Race Club president Geoff Swann.