Jeffries are Happy Partners after pipping fast-finishing Athena's Voice

GETTING IT DONE: Tiffany Jeffries of Parkes scored an upset win with Happy Partner at Orange. Photo: AMY McINTYRE
GETTING IT DONE: Tiffany Jeffries of Parkes scored an upset win with Happy Partner at Orange. Photo: AMY McINTYRE

While he commentated another sport and raced in a third, in the words of the immortal Bill Lawry, it was all happening at Towac Park on Sunday.

Happy Partner at a huge outside $31 was a massive upset in a very small field in the Orange Gold Cup Prelude, with only hometown hope Rockchesta at bigger odds in the seven-horse race.

The Jeffries family of Parkes had Tiffany in the saddle of Happy Partner, who held off a fast-finishing Athena's Voice desperate to secure a win on a home track in the 1600m feature, with the Sharon Jeffries-trained gelding eventually finishing just a neck ahead.

Athena's Voice started way back in the field, but Anthony Cavallo guided the five-year-old to the outside and absolutely stormed past the rest of the field, but timed the run a second too late in coming up short.

The duo finished one and a half lengths in front of the Garry White-trained Also Cool, who was the $2.80 favourite.

The Orange Cup and potentially Wellington Cup await many of those who contested Sunday's prelude event, with options now in front of Jeffries.

We didn't have a lot of favours with the barrier draw but Mathew was able to keep her balanced and hold her through.

Trainer Kathryn Cahill

Mathew Cahill was in the saddle of Also Cool, and marked his third placing in five races on Towac Park.

Cahill is no stranger to riding winners at Orange but on Sunday was no different as he rode Gobelin - trained by sister Kathryn - to a narrow win ahead of favourite Little Jerry in the Central West Trailers Maiden Plate.

Gobelin came in a quarter of a length ahead the Bjorn Baker-trained gelding in a showing which delighted his trainer.

"That was pleasing to see, we didn't have a lot of favours with the barrier draw but Matthew was able to keep her balanced and hold her through," Kathryn Cahill told Sky Thoroughbred Central.

Alpine Royal finished close behind in third, while Alison Smith-trained Mr Magsman finished in fifth with Cavello in the saddle, ahead of the Andrew Molloy-trained Kohinoor Road.

"We weren't going to run her until next week but we might not be here next week to be honest with the climate we're in," Molloy said pre-race.

He said the number one barrier might not be a help, with the four-year-old preferring space on the outside.

Dubbo and Wellington trainers had little luck on the day, with Connie Greig's pair of third-placed finishes the best result.

Attention now turns towards Thursday's meeting in Narromine although there is some doubts around the racing industry given services and travel is to become more limited because of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

Further meetings are scheduled for Warren on Saturday while the annual bumper two-day Wellington Boot carnival is the following weekend.