Kempsey trainer Hilary Dew had plenty to smile about today (Monday December 13) at Warwick Park, Kempsey, after his gelding Red Intuition secured victory in Race 1.
Scone based jockey Madeline Owen rode the six-year-old to victory by just over a length after sitting in fifth with 800 metres to go.
"The horse settled near the tail end of the field and Madeline rode it home, making a move from the 800 she picked them up on the home straight and ran away with it," Dew said.
The gelding's win was comes after a build up of form with a fourth in Grafton, third in Taree and fourth at Tuncurry.
"He's had three runs in three weeks, so I'll put him out for a spell now," Dew added.
The race was the inaugural John McGee Memorial, named in honour of McGee, a former Kempsey trainer who passed away over four years ago.
"John was a trainer who moved up from the south coast," race club secretary John Graham said.
"He had his own stables in Greenhill, even had his own training track down on the river flat and he trained here for a number of years and unfortunately died about 4-6 years ago.
"This was the third attempt to have it, we missed out previously because of fires, then floods and it was great to see a local win it."
In race 3, Kempsey's Roy Franklin went close to glory with his four-year-old mare Malted Missile finishing second by 0.70 of a length.
Barry Ratcliff's Markievicz also placed in Race 4, with Kris Lees I Want One taking first place after originally featuring as an emergency.
Despite an eighth in Race 6, connections were delighted with Kempsey-owned Sippin Season's first up run after a five-month lay off. Running at 1000m, the gelding showed pace with 150 metres to go to prove it's suitability to longer distances after its last win was over 1400m.
Newcastle based apprentice jockey, Bailey Wheeler, had the most success on the day, running away with three victories to take his career wins to nine.
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