Close but no cigar for Molly in Snake Gully Cup

Molly Bourke and Peyton Place.

In what would have been the experience of a lifetime for Tumbarumba product Molly Bourke, the young apprentice jockey led the 2021 Snake Gully Cup field on Peyton Place on Friday before finishing third in the $100,000 race to the Nick Olive trained, Ready To Humble. 

The Greg Stephens galloper started at $8 in heavy 10 conditions and from gate five, Bourke drove the Sapphire Coast runner forward, crossing race-favourite Ready To Humble after a furlong. 

Peyton Place sprinted clear before the turn and led by three lengths in the 1400m event, and with 200m to go, the pair still had a good break on the fast-finishing Ready To Humble for Nick Olive and Jeff Penza and Upper House for Norm Gardner and Mathew Cahill.

With 150m to go, Ready To Humble loomed large and took the lead, while Upper House stormed home to grab second, although Peyton Place stuck on gamely, finishing just 2.22 lengths off the winner when running third.

Snake Gully Cup results

Nick Olive’s win in the Snake Gully Cup was a long time coming, with the Canberra trainer more than pleased to see Ready To Humble win the $100,000 feature.  

“It means a lot. It’s probably been that one race I’ve been trying to win for a long time,” Olive said.

“I’ve had the favourite maybe five times before this and I haven’t been able to get it done but I’m so happy to finally get it done today.” 

Along with winning the feature race, Olive and his stable dominated the eight-race-program with Tejori (Jeff Penza) thrashing his rivals to win by 3.52 lengths in the 1180m Class Three Handicap and Sly Song (Brendan Ward) proved too good for his rivals in the 1400m Benchmark 58 Handicap.

“I love coming here. Marty Hay is one of my best mates, and I’m passionate about this town Gundagai and this club,” Olive said.

“I’ve had a lot of support from this town, and it is one of my favourite race meetings and my favourite races.”

Scott Collings was all smiles at Gundagai Adelong Race Club too, with the Goulburn trainer also landing a winning treble, while taking out the $50,000 Martin Hay Earthmoving Snake Gully Flying Handicap.

“That would be my best day at the races to date, training three winners at the same meeting,” Collings said. 

“It was a great day and I’m really pleased with how our horses went.”

Collings won the Snake Gully Flying Handicap with Bombdiggity (Amy McLucas), the 1100m Maiden Plate with Extravagant Lad (Mathew Cahill) and the 1100m Class One Handicap and heat of the Rising Star Series with London Gal (Amy McLucas). 

In other winners on the day, Sweet Home Alabama won for trainer Tony Newing, giving Mathew Cahill two wins on the program when greeting the judge first in the $35,000 11800m Maiden Handicap.

Jerilderie trainer Phil Sweeney combined with Winona Costin to win the 1400m Class One Handicap with Pay The Deeler ($16), which won by 0.69 of a length from Muwaard (Andrew Dale/Jack Martin) and Controversial Miss (Craig Weeding/Jake Duffy).