THE Nowra Cup was worth the wait for Cambewarra trainer Robert Price.
Price trained the first and second placed horses in the Kinghorn Motor Group Sky Racing Gold 2013 Nowra Cup which ran on Tuesday afternoon at the Shoalhaven City Turf Club’s Archer Racecourse.
The $30,000 race was originally supposed to be run in May, but was postponed because of a heavy track.
Ramsays Curse trained by Price and ridden by Yuseke Ichikawa powered home in the 1600 metre race to take first place in a time of 1.37.17, three-quarters of a length by a short half head in front of his second horse, Too Hi Tek.
The bay eight-year-old gelding has had 51 starts for 11 wins and claimed $186,000 in prizemoney.
The Kevin Berry trained Sailor’s Farewell ran third.
Price celebrated his third Nowra Cup win with his family Tuesday night before preparing for another set of races on Wednesday.
“Went out to the pub for tea, that’s a celebration for us,” he laughed.
But it could have been a different result for Price.
He had originally nominated Ramsays Curse to run at Randwick this Saturday, but after the track was reviewed on Monday he decided to lead with her for the Nowra Cup.
“They were perfect conditions, and Ramsays Curse has been really flying lately on those conditions. So I pulled out Fine Drop and decided to lead with Ramsays Curse,” Price explained.
Price was pleased with the double win, but said it did not come easy.
“There were three or four really good chances in the race. But it was all about timing and Ramsays Curse was pretty much spot on for the day,” he said.
Yuseke Ichikawa is an apprentice jockey from Japan based in Rosehill.
Price described him as a really underrated jockey.
“He has got an amazing strike rate with the stable, and he has ridden her (Ramsays Curde) five times with three wins. He rides well every time he rides it,” Price said.
Too Hi Tek will get a rest in the lead-up to the Wagga Wagga Cup, whereas Ramsays Curse is expected to contest the Goulburn Cup at the Goulburn Anniversary Cup meeting.
The $20,000 Kinghorn Ford 2013 Belle of the South was the other feature race before the Nowra Cup.
Clarry Connors’ trained Recess was first home in a time of 1.09.76, a class record for this event.
The Jack Van Duren trained Sheazali ran second, closely followed by Shoalhaven Heads trainer Terry Robinson’s Courage to Dance.
The four-year-old chestnut, Recess, was the first horse part-owner Jim Murdoch and his wife have been involved in.
Murdoch was there to watch his horse ride to glory, and he said he could not be prouder.
“This is the second race she has won, so congratulations to the trainer and jockey for a great win.”
The Nowra Cup was also an opportunity for awards for the 2012/13 racing season, with Shoalhaven Heads trainer Terry Robinson on hand to accept the award for the Telstra Business Centre Autumn Racing Carnival trainers premiership.