Two from two makes trainer happy man

MARC Quinn took two horses to the races and left with two winners and the first of those, Cultural, may be headed for better things.

Cultural, which scored a runaway win in the Kempsey Macleay RSL Club Three Year Old Maiden and stablemate Lucy O’Charlemagne, the winner of the Port Macquarie Golf Club Maiden were both ridden by Raymond Spokes.

Quinn plans to step Cultural up in distance at Taree later this month.

“If she was to win that race I will take her to Albury for the Guineas,” Quinn said. “She came out of an Inglis sale and qualifies so she may as well go down on the truck with the other horses.

“You never know how a race like that might end up.”

Quinn is taking Falklands down for the Albury Cup on March 22 and Sadler’s Wish for the Adrian Ledger on the same day. Quinn sent Cultural and Lucy O’Charlemagne to the water walker at Cessnock prior to those wins and they were on a truck back down to Cessnock yesterday.

“They can have a few days off and go on the water walker to freshen them up for their next runs,” Quinn said.

Taree trainer Cliff Bashford led in his first winner since resuming his career when Travellin’ Band, a colt bred to be a stayer, won the Settlers Inn Hotel Maiden (1006m).

“Fancy a staying bred horse winning a sprint like that,” Bashford said. “In 12 months time he will be a good middle distance horse.”

Bashford was one of Newcastle’s leading trainers and prepared horses of the calibre of Cangronde, Steel City, Diamond Benny and Black Chariot.

He retired from training to go fishing, professionally, in North Queensland before eventually retiring to Old Bar.

However a little over 12 months ago a former long time client, Stewart Keen from Brisbane, talked Bashford into making a return.

The pair bought a number of yearlings and Travellin’ Band was one of them.

Another was Satang Satang, a New Zealand bred three-year-old by Ishiguru which ran third in the Kempsey Macleay RSL Club Maiden on debut.

“He also has a big future as a stayer,” Bashford said.

Fellow Taree trainer Bindi Cheers led in a double in successive races when top weight Damascene (Matt Bennett) won the Great Northern Hotel Kempsey Class One (1812m) and Zar Zar Binks (apprentice Belinda Hodder) won the Finnian’s Irish Tavern Class Three (1506m).

Zar Zar Binks stormed home down the outside from well back to grab the lead near the line and prompt Hodder to recommend to Cheers she take the horse back to Sydney.

“He will win a city race for sure on that effort,” Hodder said.

Cheers intends following the advice.

“He has had half a dozen starts in Sydney and been unlucky a couple of times,” Cheers said. “He just gets so far back in his races he makes it hard for himself.”

Raymond Spokes winning the first at Port Macquarie on Cultural on Friday.

Raymond Spokes winning the first at Port Macquarie on Cultural on Friday.


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