Ceduna trainer Trevor Trenowden dominated the day of racing at Penong to take home three winners, including in the $10,000 Far West Farmers Penong Cup.
It’s Humphrey gave Trenowden the cup win after a great battle with Revengeful, who was brave in defeat.
Revengeful led in the early stages and It’s Humphrey had to work hard on his outside, with the two horses breaking away from the pack very early in the race as the other horses fell back, simply too far away to challenge.
At the 800 metre mark It’s Humphrey crossed to the lead and the gap had extended to eight lengths to the best of the rest.
It’s Humphrey and Revengeful entered the home straight with both horses travelling well and while Revengeful loomed up he simply could not get past It’s Humphrey, who had only recently joined Trenowden’s stable following a campaign on Kangaroo Island.
Betterthanyouthink was five lengths away in third place, with the favourite and last year’s winner New Wave never in contention.
The cup win was as much about the jockey, visiting Japanese apprentice Ryusei Sakai, who is only staying in South Australia for a few weeks before heading off to Dubai.
The bright lights of Dubai will forever be a long way from Penong, but Sakai will remember his trip to the Far West.
The day started off well for Sakai and Trenowden when Whistling Mikado led all the way for an easy three-length win in the $5000 Cheetham Salt Maiden over 1200m.
Instructions for the Japanese apprentice were very simple – lead and see how you go, and once leading he never looked like stopping.
Trenowden struck again in Race 2, the $5000 Ceduna Foreshore Hotel/Bevan Campbell Sprint at 1200m, with Mr Jazz Man.
It was no easy win for the four-year-old after he had to work hard to get a clear lead and then under hard riding from jockey Dean McWhinney survived a strong challenge from Rocky Valley.
Fellow Ceduna trainer Craig Cox chimed in for a win with Taskmaster, who started a short-priced favourite in the $5000 Penong Hotel/West Coast Fuel Handicap over 1400m.
Taskmaster is racing at the peak of his career and just starting him once a month has worked wonders for the six-year-old.
He led all the way for experienced jockey Phillip Crich and his victory was only marginally short of a new track record.
With the West Coast racing season almost complete, Cox will more than likely race Taskmaster at Streaky Bay this weekend.
It took until the final event, the $5000 Gypsum Resources/Penong Station Handicap over 1000m, for a horse trained outside of Ceduna to record a win.
Tickle Me Ernie broke the drought and gave Port Lincoln trainer Simon Drewitt a win, with Adelaide apprentice Alice Lindsay in the saddle.
Liverpool Striker and Chandlery poured on the pace early, with Tickle Me Ernie in third.
On the straight, Lindsay just had to straighten Tickle Me Ernie up and he loomed dangerously at the 200m mark, before darting away for a comfortable win from Chandlery.
The Penong Race Club were happy with the day’s crowd and the support of 10 trainers and seven jockeys to help ensure an exciting day of racing.