Local connections celebrate Primed To Win's Maclean Cup win
THE final feature event of the CRJC July Racing Carnival was "one to the good guys".
Hunter Valley and metropolitan trainers and jockeys swooped in to plunder all the major offerings in 2014 - except for the very last precious piece of silverware.
An expert ride from Grafton jockey Matthew Paget steered the Felicity Firth-trained Primed To Win ($3fav) to victory in yesterday's $30,000 Maclean Bowling Club Maclean Cup.
Appropriately, the Tucabia-based winner has local owners which includes Maclean's Paul Plummer.
The rugby league stalwart was among the jovial scenes in the presentation area.
"We will celebrate back at Maclean Bowling Club," Plummer said.
"We've had him a while, since he was nine months old. He's been up in Brisbane a couple of times and just been unlucky. This time he had some luck."
Primed To Win raced midfield before Paget judged a narrow corridor to perfection to put the four-year-old gelding in a winning position.
The win brought a feel-good end to Paget's campaign as the second most successful jockey at the carnival.
"I'd like to congratulate Michael Beattie and everyone behind the scenes who organised a fantastic carnival," Paget said.
"Thanks to Felicity for the ride. This is one to the good guys."
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