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O'Reilly's Gold wins at Mur'bah

IT WAS a family affair at Murwillumbah yesterday when O'Reilly's Gold ($2.50 F) broke away from the pack early to take out the feature 1530m Murwillumbah IGA Benchmark 50 handicap for Gold Coast based trainer Maryann Brosnan.

The expat Kiwi horsewoman was on hand to watch over proceedings, together with owners mum and dad who had flown across the Tasman to be present. Sam and Marge Brosnan bred the son of O'Reilly in the land of the Long White Cloud in 2007.

After his only ever New Zealand run at Te Rapa two and half years ago, he was sent to Maryann in Australia, and continues to go from strength to strength. Yesterday's stylish four length win broke the Murwillumbah track record for the 1530m trip with a time of 1:32.93 seconds.

After having blitzed his rivals, the five year old gelding took four kilo claiming apprentice Bradley Appo for a second lap of the Murwillumbah circuit.

Brosnan told the Daily News / Northern Star that racing on top of the ground on a track rated a Good 2 had "definitely helped" her charge's chances.

"It's great after six months of wet tracks - nice change."

"There's a good cover out there today, and that's helped keep the jarring down, but all-up it was a good performance for a class three horse to break a track record."

Brosnan, whose runners race in the traditional white and black colours of her native land, is no stranger to Murwillumbah. Most recently one of her stayers, Rhetoric was runner-up in June's $28,250 Casella Wines Murwillumbah Cup. Last season she finished second in the Murwillumbah trainer's premiership behind Matt Dunn who is based on track.

Race caller Rod Fuller estimated yesterday's crowd in the vicinity of 600 patrons.

Work commences this week to take down the Murwillumbah running rail, which will be replaced by a state of the art safety rail of French design. It is scheduled to be up and ready for the jockey club's next meeting on Melbourne Cup day, 6 November.

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