A dead heat in the day’s featured race just topped off the excitement when Armidale Jockey Club returned to the track for their Spring racing season.
The feature race on Saturday’s St Albert’s College Cup day saw Sue Grills’ Moonlight Spy and Theresa Lennon’s Azzalin cross the line together and couldn’t be split in the photo finish.
The equal win was Lennon’s second for the day after the Inverell trainer took out the opening race with Charming Charlie.
In Bengal won the Class One Handicap, Balantes won the Class Two, and Cappiniconi won the Jackson’s Quality Meats Maiden.
The most impressive performance of the day came in the final race, the 1900 metre Benchmark 50.
Paul Grills’ Melted Moments sat wide for the whole race before surging home to win by a length.
The gelding held the top weight at 59.5kg even with apprentice Cejay Graham’s claim and never looked out of breath as he held out the competition.
“It was an awesome run,” Grills said.
“He jumped well but not quite well enough to get him quite where we wanted him.
“Cejay was quite wide all race, he was running three wide, the 1900m and came home and won it.”
Grills was thankful for his wife’s help in preparing the six-year-old, who he said hit his peak.
“After that run he is right there,” he said.
“There's a Benchmark 60 here in 10 days time, he will be in that and we will see what happens from there.
“Thanks to Angela, she is a great help to us.”