The runners in the Sawtell Cup head down the straight, with eventual winner Fiori well placed to make his run.
The runners in the Sawtell Cup head down the straight, with eventual winner Fiori well placed to make his run. Leigh Jensen

Victory for Fiori

THE disappointment from a run of near misses for connections of Fiori was wiped away yesterday when the Coffs Harbour trained gelding won the Toomorrows Thoroughbred Farm Sawtell Cup.

So far this campaign the six-year-old has finished second in the Beef Week Cup, the Bowraville Cup and also in a Grafton Cup prelude but that was all forgotten yesterday as jockey Raymond Spokes piloted his mount along the rails to finish three-quarters of a length ahead of a tiring Brisk Bob with a further half length to All Again.

When asked of the inside run that opened up in front of him after rounding the home turn Spokes modestly praised the fact that there was a cutaway in the straight that created some room for him but trainer Brett Bellamy thought his leading hoop deserved more credit for the ride than that.

“It was a pearler of a ride, that was a 12 out of 10 for Raymond,” Bellamy said.

“I think he's missed only one cheque since he's been on him and that was at Port Macquarie and he backed up only a couple of days later after that and got a win.”

Bellamy spoke of the Sawtell Cup winner with an enormous amount of affection leaving no doubt that the Way Of Light gelding is one his stable favourites.

“He's as honest as the day is long... and I think he just deserved one,” he said.



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