Monday, 29th October, 2018
By Tyler Hannigan
Wentworth trainer Cindy Brander and her horse Honor The Moment have again shown their love for Broken Hill by winning the Silver City Cup for the second time at the races on Saturday.
The 2015 champ blitzed the field of six in the main race of the day, winning by over eight lengths to second placed Montevideo. War Horse came in third with Rule Of Three, Baltic Prince and Rusty Motorbike making up the rest of the field.
Saturday’s result means that the last four editions of the Silver City Cup race have been won by just two horses - Honor The Moment (2015, 2018) and Alpha Auriga (2016, 2017).
Honor The Moment has an impressive record on Broken Hill’s track with four wins and two seconds from eight starts, the latest coming with experienced jockey Lee Smith in the saddle.
Smith rode two winners on Saturday, one for Brander and the other for Nathan Hobson in race six. He had another three runner-up finishes and a third from his six rides.
Despite the convincing margin of victory, Brander said that the win came as a surprise to her.
“I wasn’t confident going in, I thought Rusty Motorbike and Montevideo would run really good races,” she told the media post-race.
“I’m actually surprised by the distance that we won by but I’m absolutely stoked.”
Honor The Moment’s conditioning and the jockey on board certainly played a part in the win according to Brander.
“I knew he (Honor The Moment) would be feeling pretty fresh,” she explained.
“And with Lee (Smith), he’s only ridden him a couple of times, so I just said to him that if he (Honor The Moment) is feeling good don’t be afraid to let him go to the lead...(it was a) great ride by Lee.”
Brander said that this win is part of a small spring campaign for the eight-year-old gelding.
“We’re only planning to give him this start and then race him at Wentworth,” Brander said.
“This is just a hobby for us. We’ve just started picking zucchinis and will be picking watermelons soon so the horses will be going to the paddock for a while and it also gets a bit hot to travel. They’ll have a good rest.”
Brander’s other runner on Saturday was Bonify that finished second in race two.
Brander was born in Broken Hill and still has family in town, many of whom were out in support of her on Saturday.
“It’s (the Silver City Cup) always a favourite race of ours. We come up for the weekend and have family up here,” she said.