Race favourite Drakes in the cash for punters at Pink Silks
THE Drake lived up to expectations as The Advocate's big tip for the day, winning the Komatsu Wayne Glenn Pink Silks Cup at Coffs Harbour Racing Club this afternoon.
The five-year-old lightly-raced gelding, trained in Port Macquarie by Jenny Graham romped home as the race favourite under the guidance of jockey Belinda Hodder.
The Drake won by one and half lengths to pay $2.50 for the win and $1.35 for the place.
The Drake is now likely to be rested ahead of a potential run in the Country Championships.
The Country Championships series will again be run on six Sundays and two Saturdays before culminating in a $500,000 Final at Royal Randwick Racecourse on Saturday, April 4.
Coffs Harbour, Nowra and Coonamble will each host their region's qualifier for the first time with the Coffs heat to be run on Saturday, February 15
"If we do go that way he can't have another run, but obviously it's a big money race," trainer Jenny Graham's daughter Mel, the stable's leading foreman said.
Jockey Belinda Hodder spoke of the gelding's class after the win in the Pink Silks Cup.
"The speed slackened out of it mid race, he had hit the front too early, but it's good testament to his ability."
Brett Bellamy's gelding Northern Knight ran second ridden by Ray Spokes with Queen of Kingston, trained by Daniel Bowen and ridden by Matt McGuren rounding out the placings.
Having been spelled and already having a run at Eagle Farm, The Drake, son of Smart Missile, may have found his ideal distance after setting a blistering speed down the straight of the 1205m feature.