Riverside racecourse came up with another winner on its home track on Saturday.

Groth led in Bring The Joy, which impressively won the Benchmark 70 handicap over 1600 metres on the seven-race card, running the excellent time of one minute 36.86 seconds on a soft 5 track after starting as $3.60 favourite.

Claiming apprentice (2kg) Madeline Owen rode a well-judged race, hitting the lead near the top of the straight and slightly extending the margin to the line to win by a length. Jockey Owen has won 47 races from 514 starts. 

Bring The Joy, a seven-year-old chestnut mare, has now won nine races, with five seconds and six thirds from 55 starts, amassing prizemoney of just on $100,000. Saturday’s race was worth $7605 to winning connections.

Saturday’s meeting was transferred to Riverside by Taree Jockey Club, after the recent coastal downpour had affected the track at Taree.

The seventh and last on the card, the Wingham Beef/Tigers Cup, was won by Nardini Song ($14) over 1400 metres. The winner is trained by Tamworth’s Troy O’Neile and was ridden by rising jockey

Mikayla Weir, who has landed 345 winners in a career of less than five years.

The GJC will race again on Saturday, May 2, at the Somerton Cup meeting, followed by the Gold Cup meeting on Sunday, May 29.

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