Wentwood Brave in Bendigo Cup

Mark Smith - Wednesday October 27

The Maddy Raymond-trained Wentwood (GB) added Wednesday’s $400,000 Group III ApIam Bendigo Cup (2400m) to the trophy case that already houses the St Arnaud, Werribee and Terang Cups.

Wentwood hangs tough (image Pat Scala/Racing Photos)

With Harry Coffey replacing the suspended Damian Lane, the 7yo son of Epsom Derby winner Pour Moi needed to dig deep in the final stages to repel the challenge of the favourite Smokin' Romans (Ghibellines)  by a short-head with Taramansour (IRE) (Dansili) a further half-neck back in third.

 A last start second to Duais in the Coongy Cup, Wentwood (GB) advances his record to seven three two from 30 starts with earnings of $565,288.

“He is so tough and he’s come so far in twelve months,” Raymond said.

“It was nearly twelve months ago that he won the St Arnaud Cup and that was a sigh of relief. To get here today and win this race and see how well he is relaxing is a huge achievement from the whole team at home.

“I just wanted to see him relax. Barrier one was a bit of question because he likes a bit of room.

“Harry gave him the perfect ride.

“The key to him is getting him to switch off which he did do today. There were a few moments there where they steadied, and I thought we might be in a bit of trouble.

“It is a huge result for great owners (Glen and Jane Davies) and great for the stable.

Wentwood Harry Coffey (image Pat Scala/Racing Photos)

“I do have to pay credit to my partner, Paddy. He rides all the work. He’s done the most fantastic job with him. He wasn’t a horse that you would have said twelve months ago that you would have got  out of bed for, but he certainly does now.

“He was my very first horse when I got my trainers licence. Glen and Jane Davies sent this horse to me, so it is nice to reward them.

“The Ballarat Cup was on the cards. We’ll get him home and assess. We had the option to throw a nomination in for the Mackinnon. That is ten days away and it might come around a bit soon. He does like his runs spaced a little, bit but he does bounce through his runs well at the moment. We’ll get him home and assess.”

Harry Coffey and Maddie Raymond (image Racing Photos)

Coffey said the import takes some riding.

“That’s awesome. I’m actually a bit physically buggered. He’s not an easy ride and I will admit I didn’t get him to relax very well at all,” he said.

A 15,000gns purchase by Peter & Ross Doyle Bloodstock from the Oakshott Bloodstock & Hungerford Park Stud draft at the 2015 December Foal Sale, before making €46,000 to the bid of Glyn Davies when offered by Kildaragh Stud at the Goffs Orby Yearling Sale a year later.

Wentwood (GB) is out of the Dansili mare Desert Liaison from the family of champion NZ 2yo filly Chant and the dual Group 1 winner Recite.

Wentwood (GB) becomes the seventh stakes-winner for Pour Moi (IRE) who relocated to Haras De Cercy in 2019 at a fee of €3,500.


Race Result - Apiam Bendigo Cup Gr3 2400m

Bendigo Track: Good(4) Time: 2:27.90
T: Maddie Raymond J: H Coffey 54
7g Pour Moi (IRE) x Desert Liaison (GB) (Dansili (GB))
Smokin' Romans
T: C Maher & D Eustace J: Jye McNeil 54
5g Ghibellines (AUS) x Inferno (NZ) (Yamanin Vital (NZ))
NZB Karaka - Book 1 $52,500
V:White Robe Lodge
B: Darren Weir Racing
T: Matthew Cumani J: Fred W Kersley 54
5h Dansili (GB) x Tanoura (IRE) (Dalakhani (IRE))
T: C Maher & D Eustace J: Ms L J Meech 54
5g Americain (USA) x Socialize (NZ) (Iffraaj (GB))
Inglis Great Southern Weanling Sale $65,000
V:Springmount, Romsey
B: Belmont Bloodstock Agency (FBAA)
T: P Stokes J: Ben Allen 58
8g Casamento (IRE) x Sheba Five (USA) (Five Star Day (USA))
T: Archie Alexander J: Declan Bates 54
7g Havana Gold (IRE) x Statia (FR) (Anabaa (USA))
Mosh Music
T: Archie Alexander J: D Moor 54.5
7m Moshe (AUS) x Dirt Music (AUS) (Jeune (GB))
T: Aaron Purcell J: Michael Poy 54
6g Galileo (IRE) x One Moment In Time (IRE) (Danehill (USA))
Inglis July (Late) Online Sale $30,000
V:Yulong Investments
B: Amy McDonald Racing Pty Ltd
T: M D Moroney J: M J Dee 54
6g Teofilo (IRE) x Rare Ransom (GB) (Oasis Dream (GB))
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