Stawell trainer Paul Jones notched a second country cup with Barry the Baptist when the talented five-year-old took out last Saturday’s Di Giorgio Wines Apsley Cup (2000m) at Edenhope.
With Jarrod Fry in the saddle, Barry the Baptist found the plum position behind the speed, and got a charmed run.
In a winning move, Fry began to roll into the race 600m from home. Once in the straight, the $1.90 favourite gave a strong kick, finishing hard.
The Hard Spun gelding showed his true class, proving 1¾ lengths too strong for the gallant Tre Dieci.
Barry the Baptist, who took out the Stawell Cup earlier in his campaign, now boasts $301,850 from 30 starts.
Yendall back, briefly
Horsham’s Dean Yendall wasted little time getting back on the winners list when he returned from an injury-enforced layoff at last weekend’s Swan Hill carnival, but now faces more time on the sidelines.
Yendall managed three winners over the three days, starting with the Daniel Bowman-trained Berry Dangerous ($4.80) in a maiden on the Friday. The Jakkalberry three-year-old really appreciated the step up to 1600m.
Yendall’s subsequent winners were both for the Symon Wilde yard — Sweetgeorgia Brown ($2.90 favourite) in a 2100-metre maiden on the Saturday and Irish Delight ($3.90) in a 1600-metre maiden on the Sunday.
However, Yendall’s ride on Sweetgeorgia Brown earned him a 16-meeting suspension.