Walcha gelding, Loud Enough, won the $35,000 Inverell Cup (1400m) when the George Woodward owned and trained five-year-old son of Benicio grabbed Paddy Cunningham’s Carry On Jake in the final stride.
It was an emotional win for Woodward who only bought the gelding recently.
“Wonderful, only had him for three runs, a third and two wins,” George Woodward said of a last start win at Armidale.
“Wasn’t a real nice horse when we got him.
“Took all the gear off him and he’s a different horse, happy.”
Woodward then made it a double when Ayda won the last race on Inverell Cup day with Belinda Hodder in the saddle.
It was the Ad Valorem mare’s second win and took Woodward to five wins on the Hunter and North West Racing Association’s 2017-18 trainer’s premiership.
It was also the biggest win of Japanese apprentice Miki Nakao’s Australian career, the coastal jockey driving three and half hours to ride Loud Enough who will now head towards the 1440m Walcha Cup in February.
That Cup meeting will disperse more than $200,000 in prizemoney on February 9 and 10 with the eight-race Walcha Cup meeting dispensing $197,000 in prizemoney alone courtesy of the $35,000 Walcha Cup (1440m), $32,000 Ron Martin Memorial Maiden (1000m) and two $25,000 support races in the shape of a Graziers Cup (1200m) and Lightning (1000m).