No trainer in Australia is having a run of winners quite like Paddy Cunningham.
The Glen Innes horseman celebrated his sixth winner in the space of a eight days when Carry Me Gee Gee raced away with the $11,000 Deepwater Cup (1400m) on Saturday.
Carry Me Gee Gee ($2.50fav) went one better than his runner-up effort in the Glen Innes Cup seven days earlier, downing Amajill by a half-length.
The victory made it six winners from his past 10 starters, highlighted by two Cup victories at Deepwater and his home track.
“I can’t remember having a run like this, not only have we won six races, but I think only one runner has been unplaced,” Cunningham told The Leader.
Carry Me Gee Gee yielded Cunningham’s first win in the race as a trainer, but he had previously won the Deepwater Cup as a jockey.
“Don’t ask me the year because I can’t remember, but it was during the 1970s,” he said.
The heavy track suited Carry Me Gee Gee, being a son of Great Britain-bred stallion Carry The Flag with Cunningham rapt at the way his charge finished the race under jockey Matt Paget.
“He’s a get back horse, but he got through the heaviest part of the track near the 800m mark and started to make his run,” he said.
“They (Carry Me Gee Gee and Amajill) had a bit of a duel before my bloke got the upper hand in the last 50m.”
“He’s a get back horse, but he got through the heaviest part of the track near the 800m mark and started to make his run. They (Carry Me Gee Gee and Amajill) had a bit of a duel before my bloke got the upper hand in the last 50m.”Paddy Cunningham
Inverell trainer Allan Foran won race one with four-year-old mare Mourabie with Sciolta in second.
Tamworth trainer Lesley Jeffries won the second race of the day thanks to Champagne Warrior.
The five-year-old gelding finished ahead of Foran’s Clever Gent.
Casino’s Ethan Ensby also had a win in race three with youngster Coup de Valor earning her first career victory.
Guyra trainer Ian Cook finished in second with Sathern.
Affiliated had his first win for Armidale trainer Stirling Osland in race four.
The four-year-old gelding beat Ensby’s Speedcubing to the line.
The final race of the day saw Neville Stewart’s gelding Dalrymple get to the line ahead of Armidale trainer’s Frank Tanner’s Kay Bea’s Lad.
Cunningham’s next meet is in Armidale on Tuesday where he only has one horse contesting a race.
Vivid Imagination will be going for his second win in 18 starts in race six.
Cunningham also has one horse in Dabamirak nominated for Bingara on Saturday and Our Minaan isnominated to race in Grafton on Sunday.