It was all about Bathurst trainer Graham Betts and Dinosaurus Rex ($2.10) at Sunday's Dubbo harness meeting, with the five-year-old gelding taking out the Red Ochre Mares Classic Pace.
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The gelding, one of two winners for Betts, ran down Parkes pair Prettyboytom ($1.85 place) and Cuzin Pat ($1.60 place), with Betts sitting patiently midfield for the majority of the race before pulling out three wide in the straight to win by 4.20 metres.
It's the first win for Dinosaurus Rex since he won two on the trot in late July, winning a race where the other seven runners were all trained by Parkes trainers.
Betts' other victory for the day came in the first race, the Join the NSWSOA Pace, where Cobbity Castle ($51) produced a massive upset over the well-fancied Watch and Weep who was paying just $1.06 to take out the win.
Brett Hutchings sat comfortably in the lead aboard Watch and Weep, and the win looked all but certain at the top of the straight but Betts, with perfect timing, put Cobbity Castle in front in the shadows of the post for a sensational victory.
Alectown driver Nathan Townsend also managed a double, with Good Cop ($3.90) winning for father Stan Townsend while he also piloted Sheza Rockstar ($1.75) home for Dubbo trainer Michael Carroll.
Good Cop held on in a thrilling photo finish in the Australian Pacing Gold Pace ahead of Bathurst trained pair Scaramucci ($1.50 place) and another Betts runner - Pom Pay ($2 place).
It was just the second start Good Cop had for the Townsend stable after moving from Victoria, and it looks like they've found themselves another handy horse.
It was Grenfell trainer Robert Anderson who took out the Kyle Barnes memorial with Holy Camp Rob ($4.20) in a eye catching run that saw the gelding peel off the back of the talented Beast Mode in the straight to record a 3.9 metre win.
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In other harness news, the Amanda Turnbull trained Shoobee Doo ($2.40) took out the Quayle Milling Young Cherry Cup on Friday evening in a thrilling finish over Send It ($1.22 place).
The pair were well ahead of the rest of the field in the straight, but it was Shoobee Doo who recorded win 16 in start 37 - yet another feature win this year for Turnbull.
Harness racing returns to Parkes this Sunday evening for the running of the Dubbo Golden Gig Heat.
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