By GEOFF HEATH
THE 15th running of the Brushgrove Cup was won in dashing style by Casino galloper Timesto, who registered his first Grafton win after seven previous attempts.
Coming of a fourth to Aquatic Drive on May 1, Timesto was always handily placed in the small field and ridden a treat by Lorna Cook, who was also aboard the gelding when he accounted for Alackajazz over 1900m at Casino, two runs ago.
During the presentation of trophies, trainer Michael Trihey told how the horse was named after his son Tim and being by Telesto, they added the 'esto' to Tim and came up with Timesto, not pronounced Times Two as the horse has been called previously.
Riding honours went to Jasen Watkins with a double aboard long shot Lovewood in the opening event and outsider King Ko in race four.
Lovewood wasn't entitled to be the price on offer on the strength of his defeat of favourite Always Rockin at Coffs Harbour two starts back. These gallopers have now met twice and Lovewood has defeated Always Rockin both times.
Watkin's other winner, King Ko was a Class Two winner at Taree two starts ago, the class he was competing in on Saturday, yet he returned $36.40 for the win.
Grafton trained I'm Spartacus made a sucessful return to his home track when he raced away with the third event.
Beautifully ridden by Craig Franklin, I'm Spartacus travelled just off the speed until the home turn where he quickly joined the early leaders Epic Sky and Reform Student and swept past them to record his third Grafton win from five start here.
Connections indicated that he will start in a suitable race over July.