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Hawkesbury's Chelsea Ings Continues White-Hot Form

Hawkesbury apprentice Chelsea Ings’s star is definitely on the rise. On top of her biggest success in last Sunday’s $45,000 Narromine Cup Showcase on A Magic Zariz, she won the feature sprint at Sunday’s Taree Cup meeting.

And in between a busy schedule, she celebrated her 23rd birthday last Monday. Ings brought Tuncurry-trained Arise Augustus ($6.50) with a determined burst in the straight to land the $35,000 Manning Lightning (1000m) at Taree, maintaining her unbeaten record on the durable seven-year-old.

Following on from her recent victory on the gelding at the Coffs Harbour Cup carnival earlier this month, it was her third success on Arise Augustus, who beat Aspiring ($9) and I’m A Jet ($11). Ings had three rides at the Bathurst TAB meeting on Friday, then returned home that night before heading back to the country for five mounts at another TAB meeting at Gilgandra on Saturday.

“Rather than come home again, Chelsea stayed overnight and then drove across the Golden Highway to get to Taree today,” Ings’s mother Wanda, to whom she is apprenticed, explained. “There’s a lot of travelling involved, but she is starting to get more opportunities and is really enjoying it.”

Arise Augustus was the young jockey’s only mount at the feature Taree meeting and provided her with the 26th win of her career.

Meanwhile, Hawkesbury trainers Garry Frazer and Brad Widdup notched victories at the Bathurst TAB fixture on Friday. Frazer scored with aptly-named Perpetual Motion ($1.90), and Widdup with Capeabeel ($3.10). Both horses were favourites.

Perpetual Motion (Kody Nestor) bolted away with the Benchmark 54 Handicap (2008m), scoring by more than seven lengths to post only the second win of his career. A five-year-old by Dylan Thomas who has also been placed five times from 15 starts, the gelding is out of Pricey – and thus his name was a natural.

Former dual code international Ray Price was known as “Mr Perpetual Motion” because of his tough, uncompromising style. Price won four National Rugby League premierships with Parramatta, and played 22 Test matches with the Kangaroos. He also represented the NSW Waratahs in rugby union, and played seven Tests for the Wallabies.

Price’s equine namesake broke his maiden status at Goulburn last October in a Class 1/Maiden Plate (2130m). This was Perpetual Motion’s fifth start this preparation, and he had been placed at recent outings at Mudgee and Goulburn (both over a shorter 1600m).

Hawkesbury trainers rarely miss out at Bathurst meetings, and certainly dominated Perpetual Motion’s race. In an all-Hawkesbury finish which provided the first four horses across the line, Frazer’s gelding beat Peter Green’s Prime Justice ($17), Nick Mitchell’s Scheckter ($61) and Scott Singleton’s Secret Mistress ($4).

Widdup continued the fantastic start to his training career by producing Capeabeel to score at his first start for him. Ridden by brother-in-law Christian Reith, Capeabeel was too good for another Hawkesbury representative, Karen Outtrim’s Lugard Road ($7.50). Widdup also scored with Acqume at Gosford on Thursday, and Capeabeel was his eighth winner after saddling his first runner – Junglized, which won – at Canberra on May 26.

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