Black Patch bounces back after Tabulam weight drama
GRAFTON trainer Dean Smith had to wait an extra 12 months but seven-year-old gelding Black Patch ($3) has finally claimed the Errol and Mary O'Driscoll Memorial Tabulam Cup.
Black Patch finished four lengths clear of the next closest horse in the 2012 race but was later disqualified for being underweight.
Port Macquarie jockey Marlon Dolendo was in the saddle last year and again on Saturday as Black Patch ($3) finished half a length ahead of Cearnach with nine-year-old gelding Darth a length back in third.
"It was very disappointing last year and we had a point to prove this time," Smith said.
"He should have two Tabulam Cups next to his name.
"There was a mix-up at the scales last year and I think the stewards could have been more lenient.
"The horse was underweight but there was only a tea-towel in it."
Saturday's success is Black Patch's first win back after a 34-week spell.
"He goes better with Marlon on him and he's had four wins with him now," Smith said.
"They have a great affiliation and Marlon is a total professional."