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Cup thriller

Monday, 18th March, 2013

Trainer of Cup winner Tresette, Annette Morrison, with the Golden Harp. Trainer of Cup winner Tresette, Annette Morrison, with the Golden Harp.

By Kurtis J Eichler

Trainer Annette Morrison came, saw and conquered at St Pat's in the tightest of Cup finishes.

The Port Lincoln trainer's Tresette claimed victory in the Clubs NSW and Keno Outback Cup but the finish had punters, trainers and owners holding their breath to see who had won the $47,550 prize money and famed Gold Harp.

Paula Trenwith's New Zealand horse St Ives and Ms Morrison's bay gelding Tresette were neck and neck down the straight and when they hit the line there was nothing between them.

However, the photo finish gave the honours to Tresette for his second win at a country race meeting in just one week: he won the Ceduna Cup the previous Sunday. Bertucci finished third.

Ms Morrison told the BDT that he was a horse that "really tried hard".

She said it was "fantastic" to walk away from the meeting with the Cup after such a close finish.

"We were standing back from the line, so we weren't quite sure whether we got it or not.

"He's a horse that has to come from behind and I wasn't sure whether there was going to be enough pace in the race, but he doesn't mind the dirt."

Ms Morrison was also crowned Trainer of the Day and jockey Murray Henderson scored a Jockey of the Day honour.

She said her instructions to Mr Henderson were simple - ride him like he did in Ceduna.

"You do have to have a horse that likes the dirt, that's very important, and he just learned the dirt this season and he didn't mind it."

Mr Henderson said that coming into the race, he was confident.

"I knew he was going to be a great chance turning for home. Coming into the 600 he was rolling into it and I just let him come up to them at his own pace.

"In the last 400 I had to start working and in the last 300 to 250 I had to dig deep and he found the line."

It was not the first winning Broken Hill ride for MR Henderson. He tasted victory at the 2000 Silver City Cup on Far Hills.

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