DEVIL’S GOLD

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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.

Josh Richards.

Robert Beat­tie.

Brooke Sweeney.

Jake Duffy.

Amanda Masters.

Nick Sou­quet.

Lee Smith.

Shirley Hunter.

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