Seasoned galloper Red Publisher has once again enjoyed a fruitful day out at Pinjarra Park, taking out the $100,000 Mandurah Cup for the second straight year on Saturday afternoon.
The $12 chance was impressive for Lancelin-based trainer Ashley Maley and jockey Jerry Noske, coming home strong in the final stages to pull away from race favourite Wrinkly and claim back-to-back cups.
Maley said it was a satisfying result after months of preparation for the gelding.
“We’d been targeting this race for a while, so it’s certainly pleasing to come away with the win knowing you did the hard yards,” he said.
“I thought his (Red Publisher’s) form heading into the race was quite strong – we ran sixth at Ascot last start but he flew home which was really encouraging.
“The Mandurah Cup has been fairly good to us.”
Maley was full of praise for Noske’s ride aboard Red Publisher.
“I thought it was a really good run – we got the box seat and to be able to finish from there was very pleasing,” he said.
The gelding has now claimed eight wins to go with 21 placings across 54 starts, and boasts $339,800 in prize money.
Maley also enjoyed a second-place finish with seven-year-old Push to Pass in race eight, coming in a length shy of the Vaughn Sigley-trained Missile Launch which claimed its fourth straight victory with Patrick Carberry aboard.
The four-year-old gelding has been in fine touch since a four-week rest, claiming wins at Bunbury, Ascot and Pinjarra.
Pinjarra Park general manager Michael Lodding said the feature race saw a strong crowd flock to the track.
“By race three everyone was flooding in the gates so it was great to see everyone enjoying the racing action,” he said.
“It’s one of our biggest days of the year so to see it be such a hit is definitely encouraging.”
Racing action returns to Pinjarra this coming Sunday, January 14, with the Magic Millions WA Ladies Day set to provide the next feature race on Saturday, February 10.
Visit pinjarrapark.com.au for their full race season calendar.