Winner takes it easy
RANK outsider Easy Play prevailed in a thrilling finish to win the $20,000 Newmarket at Murwillumbah yesterday.
The Gerald Ryan-trained four-year-old edged out Prince Lionheart in a photo finish.
Easy Play, who started at $21.00, finished a short half head clear of Prince Lionheart with Borsha’s Warrior 1¼ lengths away in third place.
Well back at the turn, Easy Play charged home, gathering momentum in the last 100 metres to nudge out Prince Lionheart, winner of the 2010 Newmarket Prelude.
The victory was a bonus for Ryan with Easy Play and Borsha’s Warrior, winner of the event in 2007, only earning starts as emergencies.
However, Easy Play was rated highly with the Ryan stable revealing that the mare had been impressive in the lead-up to the race.
In the showcase $28,000 Murwillumbah Cup, $3.20 favourite Rebounded scored comfortably from Go Cart and Murwillumbah Cup Prelude placegetter Yummy.
Rebounded slotted in behind the pacemakers out of the straight the first time, taking over at the 800 metre mark and moving away from the rest of the field on straightening to score by 2½ lengths.
Rebounded, a six-year-old gelding by Telesto, has now won eight times for nearly $300,000 in prize money.
Racing will return to the Tweed River Jockey Club on July 29.