Bezazzalled kept his winning form in tact for Jerilderie trainer Phil Sweeney by taking out the Proten LW Peacock Memorial Benchmark 58 Handicap at the Narrandera Races on Saturday.
Sweeney was among the throng of regional trainers to taste success at the meeting, with Trevor Sutherland, Scott Spackman, Rodger Waters and Gino D’Altorio all notching up wins.
Bezazzalled, a five-year-old gelding by Zariz, went out as favourite to win by a length to the Tumut trained Foxlike, with Wagga galloper Kruanui three quarters of a length away in third.
Paying $2.50 for a win, Bezazzalled was ridden by Jerilderie based apprentice Tyler Schiller to record a time of 1.11.23 over the 1200m. Up until Saturday, the gelding had had 14 starts for three wins, including recently Leeton and Tocumwal, before running third at Albury on May 28.
Phil Sweeney described the bay gelding as a “really honest little horse who keeps winning races”.
“He won two non-TAB races then ran third at a TAB meeting at Albury,” he said. “He is in really good form and is so honest.”
The Sweeney stable had a good day at Narrandera with a second in race three with Enconti and fourth in race one with Gotagarter, while Phil’s daughter Brooke Sweeney rode the winner of race six, Hangin’ With Willy for Wagga trainer Trevor Sutherland.
John Bourke, of Stanhope, Vic, was on hand to see Bezazzalled cross the line on behalf of the owners. Bourke bred the gelding from his mare Falzina.
“Phil’s cousin Paul Sweeney and myself bred the horse and he was the last of the home breds,” he said. “He ran super – it took a long time for him to mature. When we first had him, he had trouble going forward and Paul and I wondered what we were going to do with him.
“The trainer told us to persevere so we have. We have the young apprentice who can pull 3kg off his backs so that will make a big difference for this class of horse – we’ll see what comes up.”
Narrandera Race Club president Tony Paterson said the meeting was well supported by trainers from as far as Swan Hill, Canberra and Pakenham.
Paterson said the weather was perfect and the season opener drew a small crowd of locals and visitors. The original six race program was expanded to seven, with the track rated as a soft five.
Josh Richards, an apprentice to Leeton trainer Peter Clancy, rode the favourite, Cooper, to win the 1000m Process Printers 3YO Maiden Plate for Wagga trainer Scott Spackman, and owners Mitchell Park Racing.
The Strada-sired gelding won by two and three-quarter lengths to the Trevor Sutherland trained Our Romeo in second.
Pakenham trainer Christopher Diplock scored a win in the 1400m race two with Blunderbuss, ridden by Wagga jockey Michael Travers, with Goulburn galloper Goodradigbee half a length away in second.
Josh Richards scored aboard Sizzeleonthebridge by a half head to Enconti to win race three in a time of 57.76 seconds.
Canberra trainer Luke Pepper saddled up O’Princess to win race four from barrier 12, with the Trevor Sutherland trained Let’s get Animal three-quarter of a length away in second.
Brooke Sweeney piloted seven-year-old gelding Hangin’ With Willy to win race six for trainer and part owner Trevor Sutherland, and the Boys ‘ n Babes syndicate.
Griffith trainer Gino D’Altorio was pleased to win race seven with four-year-old Astir, sired by Real Saga, in race seven following the gelding’s disappointing run at Leeton. Jockey Michael Travers scored on Astir by threequarters of a length to the Condobolin trained I Can Hear Music in a time of 1.24.37.