Victory for Nothing


Another chapter was added to the history of the Bengalla Cup earlier this month when the Paul Perry trained ‘Nothing Too Hard’ claimed an upset victory.

It made for a stable double for the Perry family following an early victory to the Grant Buckley ridden ‘Chasing Comets’ in the Gj’s By The Lake Maiden Handicap.

“It was a bit of a surprise but a happy one,” Perry’s son Nathan told The Hunter River Times after the main race.

“We just thought this horse was a good country’s cup horse and he was first up today.

“We probably thought he needed the run really because he was still a bit fat but in his last preparation, he won the Quirindi Cup.”

Pre-race patrons had anticipated a victory for Andrew Robinson’s ‘Trophies Galore’, hoping to end the locals’ Bengalla Cup drought.

However, it would be Perry’s six-year-old veteran gelding who would live up to its name when claiming the victory at $51 odds.

Richard Litt’s ‘Sedition’ finished runner up ahead of David Atkins’ ‘All From Scrap’.

“He’s always been a nice handy horse and just had a nice run up along the fence there and saved a lot of ground,” he explained.

“Chris (O’Brien) the jockey said he really didn’t even handle the track as well, but he did a good job.”

Perry couldn’t stop smiling on his return to Newcastle on Sunday night, a successful result to capture his first day back in three months.

“I thought this thing (coronavirus) isn’t getting any better so I better get used to the new normal and get back to the races myself,” he concluded.

“To return with a double made for an enjoyable day.”