The confidence of Canberra trainer Darryl Rolfe was vindicated when Waldo Waldorf won the 1400 metres Coradgery Cup on Saturday at Parkes.
Rolfe explained before the feature race that Waldo Waldorf would probably appreciate the soft track that resulted from the 15mm of rain at Parkes earlier in the week.
Taking the lead on the hometurn, Waldo Waldorf (Bryan Murphy, $4) won by almost four lengths from the front runner On A Promise (Tony Cavallo, $3.50 favourite) which stuck on gamely and the strong finishing O'Princess (Simon Miller, $6).
Locals among the very big crowd were happy to see Parkes jockey Tiffany Jeffries win the opening race, the Minstaff Survey Maiden Plate (800 metres), on the Graham Grimmond, Condobolin trained Madam Ruby.
Well ridden by Jeffries, Madam Ruby ($3.50 to $2.60 favourite) overhauled Niccolon (Aaron Sweeney, $11) to score by threequarters of a length with Pulla Swifty (Brendan Ward, $4.20) running third.
Narromine trainer Wayne Collison and his daughter Kylie Kennedy, also a trainer at Narromine, each won a race, Collison with Whispadah and Kennedy with Snipps Parade.
Whispadah (Aaron Sweeney, $4.80) led throughout to beat Enlightened Boy (Andrew Banks, $5.50) and Better Strike (Tiffany Jeffries, $15) in the 1200 metres Parkes Services Club Benchmark 50 Handicap.
Ridden by Simon Miller, Snipps Parade ($8) flashed home from last in a big field to win the Telescope Tyres & Batteries Class 1 Handicap (1000 metres) in a close finish from Spicy Menu (Chelsea Ings, $18) and Ligny (Tiffany Jeffries, $8).
The final event, the Agriwest Maiden Handicap (1200 metres), saw a three-way battle over the last 150 metres with the Clint Lundholm, Dubbo trained Rufio (Tony Cavallo, $5) edging past the other pair to win by a half length from the leader Supreme Confidence (Michael Heagney, $3.50) and Delago Express (Richard Bensley, $7).
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Dubbo to race on Friday followed by Walgett (Saturday), Bligh Picnics at Mudgee (Saturday) and Bathurst (Monday).