Gelding seizes Evans Cup win after 28-week rest
IT had been a while between drinks for Ipswich trainer Andrew 'Blue' Cowell at the Lismore Turf Club TAB meeting yesterday.
Five-year-old gelding Carry The Drinks ($10) was coming off a 28-week spell and won the $15,000 Benchmark 55 Handicap (1200m).
It finished a short half-head in front of Splitzer ($8) with Kyspeil ($4.60) a half-neck back third.
"Bit of a fluke maybe but we're pretty pleased with that," Cowell said.
"He is an honest little fella and we just found the right race for him.
"I haven't been down this way for a while but it's always an option.
"This will be his third preparation with us. He's no world-beater so hopefully he can just keep poking along."
Carry The Drinks' only other win this year came at Beaudesert in March.
It has been placed once since then and returned to the track yesterday without a trial since May.
"We'll call this his trial," Cowell said.
"As long as he keeps winning we'll keep hold of him."
In other races, Gold Coast trainer Maryann Brosnan claimed first and second in the $15,000 Bowlo Evans Head Cup (1516m) with Perfect Punch ($3 equal favourite) and War Ends ($3.20).
Earlier, Murwillumbah trainer Matthew Dunn led in a winning double.
Timothy Bell rode both winners and completed the double on four-year gelding Unadulterated ($2.50 equal favourite) in the Class 2 Handicap (1400m).
The next TAB meeting at Lismore is the final TAB meeting of the year there on December 19.
Racing will return to the Northern Rivers on Saturday week with a TAB meeting at Ballina before the club's popular Boxing Day meeting.