By Geoff Newling
Trainer Peter Sinclair faces somewhat of a more sedate day at Gunnedah’s Riverside Racecourse on Tuesday after claiming a quartet of wins at his home Moree track on Saturday.
The outstanding Moree trainer finished the day with four wins from six races. His 12 runners also handed him two seconds and two thirds.
It was also a good day for Brooke Stower, she finished with four winners from her six rides and with Belinda Hodder dominated the riding ranks after Hodder rode the other two winners.
Stower’s quartet of wins – Queens Song, Let Him Fly, Binnacle and Danigree – enabled her to leapfrog Greg Ryan on the Hunter and North West Racing Association’s jockeys premiership. She now has 21 wins in the HNWRA this season, 17 shy of leader Aaron Bullock.
Stower has six rides at Gunnedah Jockey Club’s eight-race TAB meeting although she won’t reunite with Sinclair, who has Moree Dreaming ($8 on TAB fixed odds) and Happens Nomore ($6) engaged. Sinclair has booked Rachael Murray to ride his pair.
“She has been riding Moree Dreaming,” he said of his Gunnedah hopeful. “He’s in good order, done well since his win at Quirindi.
"It’s only 1300m, I’d rather be stepping up to a mile but if he goes good enough I might run him in the Inverell Cup. It’s always a tough-run 1400m. There or maybe even the Gilgandra Cup."
Training four winners and cementing his second-place position on the HNWRA trainers premiership behind Kris Lees (30) with 22 wins has been another special day for Sinclair.
“Elevada was the most surprising winner for me, didn’t see that coming on her trackwork. Queen's Song was a fine win but Let Him Fly was the best win for little Amee Williams. She works for me and leased him, has 50 percent of him.”
Sinclair also takes great delight in watching the post-race finishes of Brooke Stower. Her reaction and win-grin infuse him with great pride and feeling.
“She almost rode the card,” he said of the Tamworth jockey. “Four winners and two seconds, went within a length of riding the card.”