Media Release: Harness Racing NSW
Bathurst reinswoman and golden girl Ashlee Sikjka had a night to remember at the Dubbo Showground Paceway on Easter Saturday when she drove a treble of victories during the tab.mobi $102,000 Dubbo Carnival of Cups.
Siejka’s first winner of the night came in (R2) Amaroo Hotel & Grapevine Cafe C4/C6 Pacing Cup behind the Lester Hewitt-trained Fast Sticks ($3.20) who ran 300th of a second outside the 2020m track record to take the 6yr old geldings’ lifetime dollars past the $75,000 mark and record his 14th victory from just 37 starts.
Siejka’s biggest thrill during the eight event card came in the main race of the night which was the $30,000 Karloo Mick 4 & 5yr old Championship Cup, named in honour of Dubbo’s first million dollar pacer after the club received generous sponsorship from local harness racing enthusiasts Peter Moraghan, Frank Hession and Barry Lew.
Siejka was in the gig behind Intoxicated ($2.80) who was shooting for nine victories in a row but was up against some quality pacers in Rockets Reject (Jim Douglas $3.10), who was looking for eight wins in a row, and classy pacer Ohoka Utah (Michael Formosa $2.40 fav).
With the Dubbo track on fire thanks to curator Gary Edwards, the main race was set to be run at a hectic pace and that it was. Jim Douglas fired Rockets Reject out of gate six to cross to the lead while Siejka made her way up to the death. From there on in was a case of both pacers going stride for stride throughout the race in from of an excited Dubbo crowd.
As they entered the home straight and headed for the finish line Siejka clicked up Intoxicated and he powered away from Rockets Reject whilst holding off a late challenge from local C3 pacer Masterpiece Melody (Nathan Hoy $59.80), who ran the race of his life to finish 2nd only 1.7 metres away, while Royal Surprise (Steve Turnbull $22) ran home late for 3rd.
With the pace a cracker throughout it was no surprise to see Quick Approval’s 2007 track record equalled with a 1:58.7 mile rate. Intoxicated now takes his record to 12 wins from 17 starts, while the Cup prize money of $20,250 lifted his lifetime earnings to over $102,000.
Trainer Mick Siejka said with the Karloo Mick Cup firmly in the bag, Intoxicated will now head to New Zealand for a number of feature races. Siejka also told the big race crowd in Dubbo on Saturday night that i was great to win the feature race in Dubbo especially with the race named in hnour of Dubbo’s champion Karloo Mick.
Seijka said, “We followed Barry, Rhonda and Karloo Mick all through their Inter Dominion campaigns and they have done so much for country racing so it’s a big thrill for our family.”
Seijka also praised daughter Ashlee for a terrific drive which once again proved she can handle the pressure, making all the right moves at the right time.
Ashlee topped her golden night off in Dubbo in the last race when she guided Fair Blazing ($2.30 fav) to its ninth win this season from 17 starts. Seijka settled Fair Blazing back in the field early before making a leisurely three wide move on the bell lap and unleashing the brakes on the home turn to win running away from Champion Melody ($6.80 Guy Chapple), while Getaloadathis ($5.50 Matt Rue) finished in 3rd place.
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