Biggietupac (Jon Grisedale) on the inside, just lasts to hold out the fast finishing Double Fun (Greg Ryan) in the Kings Hall Jewellers Silver Goblet two-year-old feature race at Dubbo yesterday.The $3.50 favourite Biggietupac had to draw on the experience of jockey Jon Grisedale to get her home in the feature $14,000 Kings Hall Jewellers Silver Goblet (1020m) at Dubbo yesterday.
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Trained at Rosehill by Greg McFarlane, Biggietupac had to survive a late surge from Greg Ryan’s mount Double Fun to get the money – the official margin being a nose between first and second with Chance To Shine ($10.00, Justin Stanley) 2-1/4 lengths away third.

“It was a very close result but I thought she had won,” McFarlane said after the race.

“I thought her run was very good, but maybe she got to the front a little earlier than I would have liked.

“She’s still got some improving to do but she’s only still young and learning.

“The good thing about her is that she’s plenty of speed but she does switch off as happened today. She’ll learn from the experience and will be better for it.”

Despite the Goblet being an open betting race McFarlane’s two-year-old filly had her followers, although she had not raced since March 30 when fifth in a field of 12 at Warwick Farm.

They did note that she ran a close second in a Rosehill trial with Grisedale up on July 6.

He has ridden her on the two occasions she has been to the races. That experience told in the Dubbo race.

“I didn’t have the best of runs as I was caught out a bit wide but I got some good cover and she sprinted very well,” the jockey said.

“She got a bit tired in the last little bit but will improve from the run anyway.”

Those who took the odds about the second placed, debutant Double Fun should look for her next run to get a return.

Trained at Scone by Greg Bennett, the filly was slow out of barrier 12 and despite improving, still had a wall of horses in front of her at the 300 metres.

Ryan kept improving on the outside and was finishing better than anything to just miss out by the barest of margins.

The time was 58.0 seconds with yesterday being the first time the Silver Goblet has been raced over 1020 metres.

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