Scenic Lord wins Hedland Cup
There were as many neck-and-neck fights to the finish line as there were comfortable wins at Sunday’s Port Hedland Cup meeting with the most anticipated race of the day won by Scenic Lord.
The gelding was trained by Krista Pike who has been racing her own horses for only three years and was yet to get a major race win.
“This isn’t my first win but it is my first cup winner,” she said after the race.
When asked if she had expected the win, she said she had “definitely been hoping”.
Despite coming straight from a win in the Goodline Ladies Day Cup, Scenic Lord wasn’t the favourite.
Past winner Swift Platinum held that honour, achieving back-to-back wins in the lead-up to the Port Hedland Cup but failing to be competitive on Sunday, finishing third last and disappointing many punters.
Father-in-law to Krista Pike, Tom Pike, dominated most of the races on the day with his 17 runners. Pike’s Heroic Words and Princess Shari came first and second respectively in the Tellings Designs Handicap.
Another of Tom Pike horse, Boxonlucy, beat out the usual threats of The Chorister and Dongjie Wu to win the TAMS Handicap.
The Richardson Family Sprint was led by the competitive mare Miss Harley Quinn right up until the last hundred metres when Tom Pike’s Gone and Got It found an extra gear and won by less than one length.
Those managing to beat the Pike stables’ dominance were Tameeka Brown’s The Gospel Sin, who won the Thrifty Handicap and Dean Cocivera’s Sasso’s Circus which claimed the Scope Handicap comfortably.
The last race of the evening was won by Peter Farrell’s Time and Truth, who saluted by one and a half lengths.
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