In Hedland’s biggest race day of the year, Shaun McGruddy took out first prize in convincing fashion on Sunday at the Hedland Cup on trainer Rob Gulberti’s Staaden, to close out the Pilbara racing calendar. Stadden won by two lengths at the Port Hedland Turf Club, ahead of Scintillating and Speed ‘N’ Reef to take home the $29,000 cheque. McGruddy said his form coming into the race was promising and he overcame an unfavourable barrier draw to put in a strong performance. “I was confident until the barriers came out and we drew outside, that kind of dented my confidence a bit,” he said. “The way he (Staaden) sort of jumped out and got to the front quite easily, as soon as I got there I knew I’d be hard to beat and he won very well.” “Once they get out of the gates like that, you know you are going to be in with a chance. Then mid-race he relaxed quite good and from there he had enough in the tank to finish off.” McGruddy had a successful day out as he combined with trainer Gulberti for an earlier victory in race one on Cape Sounion. Cape Sounion finished ahead of Weld by 0.8 lengths and Zeus came in third. Trainer Darryn Pateman and jockey Jessica Gray combined for back-to-back victories in races four and five. Gray on Sunday At Six won by a comfortable four lengths in race four over Gulberti’s Do Your Best and trainer Dean Cocivera’s Snow Princess. Race five featured Gray and Pateman claiming victory over trainer Natalie Burke’s Counter Drive by a slim 0.2 lengths while Dean Cocivera’s Likety Spit took out third prize. Tom Pike’s Anvil Green was coming off a victory in Roebourne only a week ago and continued that form to take out race seven, with Angela Johnston as the jockey. Anvil Green finished ahead of Time and Truth and Amber Highway by five and a half lengths in the day’s closing race. Pike picked up another win in race two with Colin Haddon on Major League getting home ahead of Paty’s Forcast and Mistinguette by just over a length.