Horsham’s Dean Yendall had a day out at the Halls Gap race meet in Stawell on Monday, winning four of the day’s eight races including the Halls Gap Cup.
Yendall rode four-year-old gelding Indian Thunder to a commanding victory in the headline race, winning by more than three lengths ahead of second-placed Pass the Glass. Indian Thunder is trained by Darren Weir.
Yendall said he was pleased to win the Halls Gap Cup.
“We had a really good run in transit, travelled really well, put him in a good spot and then he just let it rip,” Yendall said of his winning run.
“It was a great race.”
Yendall rode in a total of six races for the day and won four.
His closest win for the day came in race four with four-year-old mare Lope de Field, finishing just 0.2L in front of second-placed Captain Arjento.
“Obviously four winners is an excellent day,” Yendall said. “It was a good effort, I had the support behind me from the trainers in Darren Weir and Dan O’Sullivan. They’ve really supported me.
“The whole day just went very well. It was a really good day out.”
Yendall’s words were supported by Stawell Racing Club president Ian Nicholson who said the committee was pleased with patron numbers, considering the change of date.
“The crowd was better than other Monday race days we have hosted,” Nicholson said.
“I think the numbers were contributed to the time of year, support of the Halls Gap community and the children activities which were on offer.”
The Halls Gap Cup was an initiative from the Stawell Racing Club.
“A couple of our committee members were talking about getting holidaymakers and providing a community event for Halls Gap about seven years ago,” he said.
“From those conversations, the idea was born and we have hosted a race ever since.”
It was a day out for Stawell trainers Terry and Karina O’Sullivan taking home winners in the second and third races.
Stawell-based jockey Linda Meech rode Lady Dee Dee first across the line in race five.