Regal winner

Sunday’s Maffra Cup, with $50,000 prize money, was won by US import King Way, a seven-year-old gelding.

Trained at Cranbourne by Shea Eden and ridden by Stephanie Thornton, King Way won the cup from Scensay, trained at Moe by Peter Gelagotis and ridden by Brian Park, with Mindan Spirit, ridden by Ben Allen, in third place.

Eden said after the win he was pleased for the connections, which had spent a lot of money on getting King Way up and running in Australia. He expected they would get more wins with the gelding.

Thornton, who completed a winning riding double, said Shea had the horse well-prepared and picked the right race. The horse was never going to lose after hitting the lead in the run home.

Jamie Mott also completed a riding double, in race six on Vladivostok, and in race seven, on Kapuziner, in the class one handicap.

Sale trainer Paul Worthington kept the flag flying for the locals, when his horse Troubleshot, ridden by Brian Higgins, won race three, the maiden plate.

The three-year-old gelding broke through for a first up win after placings at Moe and Bairnsdale, and a last start second at Mornington.

Cranbourne trainer Michael Kent and Craig Williams combined to win the first event, with Rakovsky.

Race two, the two-year-old maiden plate, was won by Extending, ridden by Toby Atkinson.

The Queens Regent, trained by Tony Walsh at Mornington and ridden by Steph Thornton, won race four, and Magnus Rufus, trained by Nigel Blackiston at Flemington and ridden by Linda Meech, won race five, the three-year-old maiden plate.

Tahi, trained by Danny O’Brien and ridden by Ben Thompson, won race eight, and the last event on the card, the benchmark 64 handicap, was won by Rewarding Laughter, ridden by Brian Park, and completing a training double for Eric Musgrove.

The next race meeting at Greenwattle will be Thursday, July 12.