Dual Escape claims victory in 2019 Coolmore Denman Cup on socially spectacular day

WINNER WINNER: Dual escape was crowned champion for the 2019 Coolmore Denman Cup. Photo credit: Bradley Photographers
WINNER WINNER: Dual escape was crowned champion for the 2019 Coolmore Denman Cup. Photo credit: Bradley Photographers

Wyong's newest trainer, Denim Wynen, celebrated her birthday by winning the Coolmore Denman Cup (1280m) with Dual Escape, the one horse she prepares, at Muswellbrook on Monday.

Dual Escape, ridden by Serg Lisnyy, scored by a long neck from Eye On America (Robert Thompson) in a smart 1min 14.92 secs.

Wynen was only licensed at the start of the season after working with fellow Wyong trainer, Kristen Buchanan, since she was 14.

"Kristen asked me if I wanted to lease Dual Escape otherwise the owners were going to sell her," Wynen said.

"Then Kristen and I decided that I should trainer her as well.

"She is the only horse I have because it is so hard to get boxes at Wyong, I am lucky I have been able to sub lease one.

"I still work with KB (Buchanan) plus look after my two children so one horse is more than enough."

Two starts back Dual Escape won at Wyong to give Wynen her first winner but then ran sixth at the same track three weeks later.

"She was really unlucky at her last start because she was always wide and under the circumstances it

was a great run," she said.

Dual Escape ($15) raced in second place behind Syd's Footprints and took the lead just before the turn to battle on and beat Eye On America ($26) by a long neck.

The $3.60 favourite I Wanna Be A Jeep battled on for third.

Samantha Clenton wasted no time in getting back into the winner's circle when she won the "Game On" Muswellbrook Benchmark 58 (1450m) on the Jason Deamer trained Miss Eporetto.

Clenton only resumed riding at Newcastle last Saturday after being sidelined since August with a broken foot she suffered at Scone.

She sent Miss Eporetto ($3.80) straight to the lead and went on to beat the favourite $3 favourite Trajection by half a neck.

"It's good to have you back," Deamer said to Clenton as she headed back to scale.

"This mare may have saved herself from the sale ring.

"I don't know about the owners but as far as I was concerned, she was on her last chance.

"She has now won two and been placed four times so she is fairly consistent but she has feet problems and I think she is limited."

Greg Ryan will recommend to trainer Paul Perry that he step Mahogany Bay up in distance after his win in the Sardos Coffee Maiden (1000m).

"He is a bit one paced and I think seven furlongs (1400 metres) to a mile (1600m) will suit him better," Ryan said.

"Paul wanted me to ride him on the speed and he knuckled down and finished the job off well."

Ryan settled Mahogany Bay in third place then set out after the leaders in the straight to beat Dubai Honour (Darryl McLellan) by three quarters of a length from Bensay (Ashley Morgan) a further three quarters of a length away third.

Earlier Buchanan had led in her own winner when the aptly named Upper East Side, a son of Manhattan Rain, won the Pirtek Muswellbrook Class One (1000m).

"Have you ever seen such a lovely type," Buchanan asked.

"If he was in a yearling sale he would be the pick of the yard, I think he has a bright future."

Aaron Bullock allowed Manhattan Rain ($3 fav) to settle mid-field then finished down the centre of the track to beat Sniper Excels ($9.50) by half a neck.

"That was a great ride because he has shown a tendency to pull in his races," Buchanan said.

"Aaron settled him perfectly today."

Manhattan Rain was bred by a syndicate led by lawyer Jack de Flamingh.

"We had a small share in a horse some time ago called Zoff Rocks which was eventually sold from under us," he said.

"I spotted a mare called Pretentious Miss, which was distantly related to Zoff Rocks, and we bought her for $7000.

"This is her seventh foal, we had a better one by I am Invincible but she became ill and we lost her."

The same syndicate also had Hubble in the same race which finished fifth with jockey Serg Lisnyy telling the owners the horse finished the race off well and was looking for further.

Trainer John Ramsey will discuss the future of Bright Rubick with his father Stuart Ramsey, the principal of Ramsey Pastoral, following her effortless win in the Kingstar Farm Maiden (1280m).

Bright Rubick, was having her third run back from a spell and her first for Ramsey after being switched from Bjorn Baker.

"She has plenty of ability but I don't know that she is a city class horse," Ramsey said.

"I don't know where we will go with her now until I talk it over with dad.

"We are breeders so you never know what we might decide."

Bright Rubick hit the lead soon after straightening and held off a brave Kingston Heath ($61) but while the second horse was under hard riding Bright Rubick went to the line under hands and heels riding.

Heavily backed favourite and top weight Barbass was rated as a top-class galloper but one that had to be managed carefully after a dominant win in the Norm Turner Electrical Class Two (1280m).

"He raced all last preparation with a grade four wind problem and has since had a tie back," Scone based trainer Cameron Crockett said.

Barbass resumed from the spell following the operation to run last in a Highway at Randwick but was found later to have discharge from his nostrils.

"He is a good horse but given his problems I am just going to take it one race at a time," Crockett said.

Jockey Arron Bullock picked up the ride at the last minute.

Chad Lever was to have ridden him but was involved in a fall at Newcastle the day before.

"That win will do this horse's confidence the world of good," Bullock said.

Bullock settled Barbass in fourth place early and went on to win by one and a half lengths from the leader Maxbux ($18).

Crockett later landed a double when Vintage Flyer (Andrew Gibbons) made it three wins from her only three starts when she resumed to win the The Denman Hotel Denman Dash (900m) in class record time.

"Not a bad effort because she is still fat," Crockett said.

"She has won twice over 1100 metres so eventually she will get 1200 metres.

"She still has a lot to learn and she has to learn how to settle but she was a lot better today."

Gibbons, who replaced Lever on the horse, let Vintage Flyer, the $2.10 favourite, settle in the lead and she sprinted away late to win by half a length from Bullseye Score in 50.94 seconds.