COWBOY’s lucky Bunbury win!

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RIVERBEND COWBOY was our most fancied runner at Bunbury on Thursday, and duly obliged, in controversial fashion!

He ran in the last race of the day, the very competitive Flanagan’s Bar Handicap over 1410 metres. The early leader was Kimberley Cowboy, but the pace was very muddling, and RIVERBEND COWBOY was held up in mid-field. The runners really jammed up on the corner, so jockey Glenn Smith was forced to run very wide to find clear passage. All sorts of jostling took place the whole length of the home straight, and a wall of horses flashed across the line together. The judge announced General Albert had won, on the inside of the track, by a nose from RIVERBEND COWBOY out wide, with Secret Times another nose behind him in 3rd. There was a protest by the 3rd horse against the winner and, after much deliberation, the Stewards placed Secret Times 2nd, ahead of General Albert, and awarded the race to RIVERBEND COWBOY.

A strange way to win a race, but the consistent Natural Blitz gelding thoroughly deserved his third win of the season, and has richly rewarded his owners for their patience.

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