IN-FORM Wodonga hoop Nick Souquet produced a vintage ride to guide Cee Cee ‘N’ Dry to an emphatic win in the $15,000 Leeton Cup yesterday.
Trained at Jerilderie by Phil Sweeney, Cee Cee ‘N’ Dry ($4.40 fav) overcame a horror draw and top-weight of 59 kilograms to down the Brian Cox-trained Toolangi ($8) by almost two lengths.
Local hope Soward ($8) finished third for trainer Peter Clancy in the 1600-metre cup.
Sweeney said Souquet had done a great job to settle the horse outside early leader, Ryden, after drawing barrier 11 in the 12-horse field.
“The horse has gone up five kilograms and drew the outside so he overcame two handicaps, hasn’t he?” he said.
“Nick gave him a terrific ride and pushed forward from the wide barrier because the horse is a lot more effective when he races on the pace.”
Cee Cee ‘N’ Dry is in career best form with yesterday’s his fourth straight win after wins at Swan Hill, Corowa and Albury.
Sweeney said the four-year-old gelding, was by Zariz, and the breed took time to mature.
“I haven’t got a plan to where he will next race, but he is a BOBS Bonus-qualified horse and that’s why he went round at Leeton,” he said.
Souquet made it a double when he rode Zatigeroo to victory for Wagga trainer Gary Colvin.
Ken Sweeney and Brendan Ward also rode doubles at the meeting.
Canberra trainer Matthew Dale and Benalla- based Russell Osborne split the training honours with two winners each on the seven-race card.
The Murrumbidgee Turf Club will host the next district meeting at Wagga on Saturday with Cootamundra and Benalla holding their cup meetings the next day.