Tuncurry nine-year-old Profiler raced away in the closing stages to win Monday’s 2019 Cessnock Leagues Club Jungle Juice Cup (1350m) at Cessnock. A $26 chance, Profiler scored by a length and a quarter from Port Macquarie trained I Wanna Be A Jeep ($7.50) with Sausalito ($4.40) a short neck away third. The $1.80 favourite So Bizarre raced in the first three before tiring to finish seventh.
David Callaughan trains the winner and it was Profiler’s first win in six starts for the Tuncurry trainer. The horse had three previous homes starting out with Grant Allard before heading north to Stephen Lee at Ballina before returning to the Central Coast under Jeff Englebrecht at Wyong.
Mondays win was his eighth for prizemoney of $219,625. Callaughan said Profiler joined his stable around four months ago. “We knew he had the ability and it was just a matter of tapping into it. I backed him at $51 so I am over the moon,” Callaughan said. Rachel Murray picked up the ride after Darryl McLellan who was booked for the mount was ill and did not ride at the meeting. Murray was elated “He only had to find his best form and he did feel really good.”
Wyong stayer Weston set a course record in winning the 2019 East Cessnock Bowling Club Cessnock Cup (2121m). The previous record of 2-09.88 was established by Rhyno Chaser on March 10, 2014. On Tuesday Weston posted 2-09.34. The winner trained by Wayne Seelin and the horse has now won four races and $97,900. Serg Lisnyy rode Weston and it was the jockeys third Jungle Juice Cup win.
One of Australia’s leading trainers Ciaron Maher and his training partner David Eustace had their second ever Cessnock runner with Tapiconic and he bolted in. The talented American bred four-year-old was a red hot $1.30 favourite in the New Zealand Bloodstock Maiden (1150m).
It was the horses first run for the partnership and he had good metropolitan form when trained by the Hawkes Team. Christian Reith made the trip for his only ride and after racing off the speed Tapiconic raced away to win easily.
Jeremy Sylvester and Robert Thompson combined to win the Hungerford Hill Wines Class 1 (1350m) with three-year-old Luff. The grey was given the perfect run fourth on the rail and he held off a determined challenge by runner up Damit to win by a head.