It was a good Saturday for Moree trainer Pete Sinclair who picked up two wins and two places from four starts at home during Moree Race Club’s Easter Saturday Race Day.
Sinclair’s success began in race two of the annual Easter Saturday race meeting, with a victory for locally owned bay gelding California Raider.
The favourite, ridden by Allan Chau, beat second-favourite Fly Lightly by 0.41 lengths to win the 950 metree New Bo Wa Restaurant Maiden Plate.
Tamworth-based jockey Chau rode each of Sinclair’s four hopefuls on Saturday, in what proved to be a successful partnership.
The pair claimed a winning double on the day with California Raider and Smart Option, which finished a neck in front of I Am Dynamic to take out the final race of the day, the 950m KMH Electrical Benchmark 53 Handicap.
Chau also rode Track Flash, another from the Sinclair stables, to finish second to Medal of Glory in race four, the 1600m Local Appliance Rentals Benchmark 53 Handicap.
Meanwhile, My Dubleo Boy, also trained by Sinclair and ridden by Chau, finished fourth in race three, the 1200m LJ Hooker Williams Stock Property and Water Class 3 Handicap.
Locally owned mare In Hindsight, trained by Gunnedah’s Gavin Groth and ridden by Daniel Northey, ended a 634-day winning drought to claim victory in race three, more than a length ahead of Rome Silver.
Coonabarabran trainer Wayne Martyn took out race one with unlikely chance Down Under Gal, who beat Schmizo and Bridget’s Star.
More than 300 people, including 100 kids, attended the Easter Saturday race day.
Organisers said this was an increase on last year’s numbers which could be put down to Saturday’s perfect weather.
“It was a good day,” Moree Race Club secretary Michelle Gobbert said.
“We had quite a few people there and lots of families.”
The family-friendly race day also featured a kids Fashions on the Field competition.
Moree Race Club’s next meeting will be the Moree Picnics, the first event of the Golden Triangle, on Saturday, May 27.