Jeffries takes the shortest way home to record Cowra win

Parkes based jockey Tiffany Jeffries with an outstanding ride overcame the outside barrier on If You Say So to win the opening event at Cowra on Saturday, the 1100 metres Front Line Workers Thank You Maiden Plate.

Eased out of the early speed battle by Jeffries, If You Say So settled back in the field and took the shortest way home along the inside rail.

Canberra galloper Mixed Up Factor (Michael Travers, $1.70 favourite) shot well clear at the top of the straight but was overhauled close to home with If You Say So ($4) scoring by a half head from Cheap Diamond (Damon Budler, $8) which finished on the outside while Mixed Up Factor faded to third.

The $1,000,000 The Gong was run at Kembla Grange on Saturday however trainer Melissa Harrison chose to miss her home track meeting and instead head to Cowra where she had a winning double, If You Say So and Queen Brahmos.

In the interestingly named Cowra Dental Practice Tooth Hurty Maiden Plate over 1375 metres, Queen Brahmos (Jess Del Frari, $4.60) came from midfield to beat Fortuneous ( Andrew Banks, $2.50 fav.) and Coupla Days (Mathew Cahill, $2.80).

Retail magnate Gerry Harvey has hundreds of racehorses with some of them trained by Joe Cleary at Queanbeyan including Pruscino, winner of the 950 metres Railway Hotel Class 1 Handicap.

Sent to the early lead by Jake Pracey-Holmes, Pruscino ($1.50 fav.) was eased down over the closing stages to win by over six lengths from Keep It Down (Damon Budler, $3.60) and Confined Thoughts (Eleanor Webster-Hawes,$4).

Noted for racing near the tail of the field and running home strongly, the Clint Lundholm, Dubbo trained Nepenthes was ridden to perfection by Tony Cavallo in the 1700 metres Pumpkin Smugglers Benchmark 50 Handicap.

Broo Boss (Ken Dunbar, $11) hit the lead approaching the home turn but Nepenthes ($4) came with a rush to prevail by a short neck with Goodradigbee (Andrew Banks, $3.50 equal fav.) a battling third, three lengths away.

Apprentice Nyssa Burrells who won the recent Cootamundra Cup on Zakeriz continued her good form when winning the 950 metres St Ralph's Old Boys Class 1 Handicap on Guiltless at Cowra.

Trained at Canberra by Darryl Rolfe, Guiltless ($7) held a slender lead turning for home and held on to win in a three way photo finish from Miracle Knight (Ruby Haylock, $21) And Tiger King (Ken Dunbar, $7).

Formerly based at Cowra where he was a successful jockey, Michael Travers now has a dual jockey-trainer licence and operates from stables at Wagga Wagga.

Travers turned likely defeat in to victory when he rode Motime for Canberra trainer Gratz Vella in the 1100 metres Chris Hemsworth Cowra Ambassador Benchmark 50 Handicap.

After being the leader, Motime looked doomed when passed by two other runners in the straight however Travers with some great riding raised another effort from his mount.

Motime ($2.40) kicked back to beat Japingka (Zara Lewis, $2.20 fav.) by a neck with Billy Bent Ear (Jake Pracey-Holmes,$4.60) a long head away in third place.

Japingka went close to completing a double for Gilgandra trainer Kieren Hazleton who had won the previous day with Zamali at Orange.

From the tail of the field, Zamali (Billy Cray, $10) finished fast to beat Tough Case (Jenny Duggan, $5) and Danish Prince (Jess Taylor,$3.70 fav.) in the 1300 metres Benchmark 58 Handicap.

The Cowra meeting was well promoted and attracted a very good crowd which is an encouraging sign for the Cowra Cup meeting on Sunday January 16.

Racing at Narromine on Thursday and on Saturday at Coonamble.