INTERSTATE raiders have dominated the Casino Beef Week Cup (1400m) with Gold Coast-based Mystic Vibe charging home to grab the lion’s share of the spoils.
The Lennie Wheeler trained gelding hadn’t won a race in almost two years – his last coming in August 2008 – but yesterday he looked a good thing 100 metres out as he claimed the 28th running of the $20,000 feature event.
Wheeler made the trip south with just the one runner but it paid dividends as he notched his first win of 2010.
“I was confident he could win,” Wheeler said.
“He should have won last start – you can interview Luke Rolls about his ride, he slaughtered it.”
A $5000 yearling purchase, Mystic Vibe went around at $10 – a fair price with the benefit of hindsight.
Wheeler hadn’t been to Casino with a runner for a long while but was impressed with the racing facilities.
“It’s a nice track, it gives everyone a chance – the surface was great,” he said.
The horse pulled up fine and Wheeler is now looking to bigger things with the six-year-old.
“We might go to Rockhampton now and get him in a lead-up race to the Rockhampton Cup,” he said after the win.
Danny Bowen’s Yass River finished second to split the interstate contingent with Beaudesert trained favourite Seen Im bolting home for third.
Country cups king Surety finished fourth after skewing wildly off the track.
The last-start Lismore winner led them into the home straight but veered quickly across the track going from the inside rail to the outside rail in the space of about 100 metres.
Gold Coast apprentice Rolls topped off a winning day aboard Mystic Vibe after earlier saluting by the smallest of margins on the Neil Creighton trained Deebee Cooper.