Veteran trainer Bede Murray and apprentice tyro Winona Costin shared the honours when they dominated the Moruya Cup program on Monday.
Murray, in ailing health and unable to attend the meeting, watched from his Lake Conjola home as his team won three races including the feature North Ryde RSL Club Moruya Cup.
Costin, Sydney’s reigning champion apprentice and the Moruya Jockey Club’s summer racing carnival ambassador, rode four winners on the eight-race program.
It was her second four-win haul at successive Moruya meetings after a similar performance at the club’s pre-Xmas meeting on December 20.
Costin’s big day included one win for Murray aboard Chief In Command in the final race.
Murray’s other winners O’Reilly’s Revenge in the Moruya Cup and Count Dekroner were both ridden by Grant Buckley.
Buckley, who has been a main rider for the Murray stable for many years, dedicated his Moruya Cup win on O'Reilly's Revenge to Murray, who has been undergoing treatment for cancer.
“I'm so thrilled to ride this winner for Bede," Buckley said.
"It has been a special day.”
O’Reilly’s Revenge is the third Moruya Cup trained winner trained by Murray since 1998, joining his previous winners Kalahari Sands and Lookout while his son Paul trained the 2013 winner Fair Nation.
Paul Murray and his brother Grahame represented the stable at Moruya.
“Dad’s at home and will be watching. This will make him happy," Paul Murray said.
Costin was thrilled with her riding performance, one short of her career best day of five winners at the Sapphire Coast last season.
“It’s been great to represent the Moruya Jockey Club as their ambassador and get such great support from owners and trainers. I hope I can do it again next summer,” Costin said.
Costin’s winners on Monday were Major Sharpe for young Moruya trainer Joseph Ible, a double for Nowra trainer Robert Price on Black Carmanah and Hot Mustard and a popular win on the Murray-trained Chief In Command.
Ible has 15 horses in work and next month will move his stable from Moruya to Canberra to further his career.
Another veteran trainer, Queanbeyan’s Neville Layt, also enjoyed a day out at Moruya winning his second Moruya Town Plate with outsider No Luck Needed, a horse he owns with his wife Barbara and ridden by John Kissick.
“We love coming to the Moruya meetings. I won the Town Plate with Onemoregrand a few years ago and gave this bloke a good chance despite his big odds,” Layt said.
“He is a horse that has had a lot of problems but I was happy to have something on him at $41 – a great result.”