Robert Lea flew the flag for Parkes at the 18-hole Lachlan Valley Veterans golf competition played at Cowra last week where 67 players faced the starter. Lee compiled a tidy 40 points on the demanding Cowra course to win the day from Forbes golfer Ted Morgan (39 points).
As well as winning the day, Lee won the B grade competition from anotherParkes player, Nim Dziuba who carded 38 points, with Condobolin's Jim Clyburn a point back in third place. Ted Morgan won the A grade from the Cowra duo of Jeff McPherson and Ken Harcombe who scored 38 and 37 points respectively. Cowra players took the top two places in C grade with Warwick Spence (35 points) winning by two points from Noel Ridley.
Bogan Gate golfer Steve Edwards (representing Forbes) was third. This week the 12-hole twin-towns competition returns to Parkes, followed by Forbes on April 2. Registration from 9.30am for 10am start.
Owners, in general, were unable to be trackside at the Orange meeting on Sunday due to the crowd restrictions brought about by the Coronavirus pandemic, however some of the connections of Happy Partner, Gobelin and Vaquero were there to cheer them home from the grandstand.
Licensed persons with direct involvement with runners at the meeting were permitted to attend and there was plenty of excitement when Happy Partner won the the feature event the 1600 metres Buckley's Carpet Court Orange Gold Cup Prelude. Sharon Jeffries from Parkes is the trainer and part owner of Happy Partner, her daughter Tiffany Jeffries was the jockey and Tiffany's husband Alex Proust was the strapper while his father in law Dale Jeffries is the stable foreman and track work rider.
A $31 outsider, Happy Partner steadily made ground to be ready to challenge when heads turned for home and after reaching the lead responded to strong riding from Tiffany Jeffries to win by a head from Athena's Voice ( Tony Cavallo, $4.60 ) with the $2.80 favourite Also Cool ( Mathew Cahill ) finishing third.
Nathan Smith as a part owner of Vaquero was also present as he is the licensed strapper for the horse which is trained at Orange by his wife Alison Smith. Given a good run behind the leaders by Tony Cavallo, Vaquero ( $26 ) wore down Larynx ( Brandon Griffiths, $9 ) to win by a head with Indiana Wolf ( Tiffany Jeffries, $41 ) a fast finishing third in the 1400 metres Towac Legends Class 2 Handicap.
Mathew Cahill, fresh from his Albury Cup win on $41 outsider Spunlago during the week, won the Central West Trailers Maiden Plate ( 1000 metres ) at Orange on Gobelin which is trained at Cowra by his sister Kathryn Cahill who is also a part owner with her mother, Margaret Cahill. Gobelin( $4.80 ) after a good battle in the straight edged past the $1.60 favourite Little Jerry ( James Innes Jnr. ) to score by a short neck with a length to third placed Alpine Royal ( Rasit Yetimova, $41 ).