Faulkner flies at Cups meet

HOME STRETCH:  Onedin Highlander winning the ladies race with Melissa Hawke in the gig. Photo: Coffee Photography.
HOME STRETCH: Onedin Highlander winning the ladies race with Melissa Hawke in the gig. Photo: Coffee Photography.

Uralla trainer Mitch Faulkner headed to Peak Hill last Sunday and enjoyed success at the small club’s Carnival of Cups meeting.

Faulkner had a win at the meeting with Onedin Highlander taking out the $10,000 Kriden Park Lady Drivers Invitation with Canberra reinswoman Melissa Hawke in the spider.

“When I saw the Penalty Free Lady’s Race and especially after the horses run last start at Tamworth, we thought the distance would suit him,” Faulkner said.

After enjoying a win two starts prior at Tamworth over 2360 metres the distance of 2,250 metres at Peak Hill did not pose a problem.

Onedin Highlander came home for a short half head win over race favourite Jonah Jones (Angela Hedges) who was looking for the third win on the trot and Alabama Tyson (Emma Turnbull) 5.3 metres away third.

Having the advantage of the one by one Melissa Hawke waited while Jonah Jones heralded the field with Guts (Mackayler Barnes) racing out in the breeze.

As Jonah Jones tried to slip away from the field Hawke sent Onedin Highlander three wide to grab the favourite on the line.

“It was a perfect drive,” said Faulkner.

“Our horse was the tougher up the hill at Peak Hill.

“I was shocked with the $43.00 return for the win.

“I wasn’t expecting that after his run at Tamworth.”

After the two impressive wins Onedin Highlander will now head to Queensland looking for a start in the Premiers Cup.

“We will aim for July 1 and hope we get a run in the Premiers Cup,” Faulkner said. 

Earlier in the day Faulkner had to be content with a second when Reciprocity was beaten a short half head by Trilight Brigade in the Yardy and Rita Davis Memorial.

“She went really good but didn’t handle the rise in the track but I was happy how she finished the race off,” he said. 

Friday night will see Tom Ison competing at the Newcastle Paceway in an endeavour to continue on his success after driving a double at last Sunday’s Tamworth meeting behind Fear No Evil for his father Andy and For Me for the Tony Missen stables.