DICTATORSHIP has come full circle under Casino trainer Stephen Bennett after taking out the $7000 Tabulam Cup (1400m) on Saturday.

Twelve months ago the nine-year-old gelding had its first win at its first start for Bennett in a Class 2 Handicap (1000m) at Tabulam.

Dictatorship ($1.50 favourite) has now won three of its past five races and been placed in its past eight.

Injury has hampered the horse over the years and it has had only 36 starts.

"He came from Sydney and had really crook feet at one point," Bennett said.

"He missed two years of racing but he's been a pretty consistent performer for me.

"I only got him just before the Tabulam Cup last year."

Bennett has had success at Tabulam over the years with the cup completing a winning double on the day.

Five-year-old gelding Would Be A Bonus ($2.40 favourite) won a $6000 Benchmark 45 Handicap (1720m) in the opening race.

Bennett is keeping an eye on upcoming races on the Northern Rivers which may suit Dictatorship.

"I'll just look to place him locally again soon," Bennett said. "He's not getting any younger but hopefully he'll keep performing while he is happy.

"We had a great time at Tabulam and it's one I always get to."

The annual non-TAB event again drew a good crowd with many punters opting for the free camping.

Racing on the Northern Rivers continues today with a TAB meeting at Ballina.



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