Urnfield wins the Lennox Cup

Oct 17, 2010

THE 2010 Lennox Head Cup (1400m) was won by a jockey who almost didn’t make it to the Ballina race track yesterday.

Justin Stanley received a late call-up from the Gold Coast to eventually ride Urnfield ($4) to victory.

“There were roadworks and a few other dramas on the road so I almost didn’t make it,” Stanley said.

“I was lucky I made a few phone calls and got here just in time.

“I knew Urnfield was a chance of getting a run and that I was a candidate to ride it.”

Urnfield was the subject of some late money before the race and went neck and neck with Bradfield ($2 favourite) before gliding away with a comfortable lead over the last 100 metres.

The five-year-old gelding won by three-quarters of a length.

Surety ($4) came in at a distant third, more than six lengths further back.

“The small field helped, he was able to get back and I was always pretty confident when we straightened up we would get the finish,” Stanley said.

“He’s racing a bit out of his class too, so it was a good win.”

The Lennox Head Cup was a Benchmark 70 and it was virtually won as an open handicap win yesterday for the Class 2 horse.

Trainer Stephen Lee continued his Lennox Head Cup success, having now taken out the feature race three times in the past four years.

“Urnfield has always shown a lot of promise,” Lee said.

“He’s had some injuries and a bit of bad luck but he delivered today.”