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By Graham Potter | Wednesday, August 31, 2022

On the final day of the first month of the 2022/23 season, Jasmine Cornish added another winner to her tally when she partnered Cocobrew Express to victory in a BM68 Handicap over 1350 at Ipswich on August 31.

The Tom Button trained son of Spill The Beans was first-up here. He had won three of his first ten starts before in taking on serious company when given his chance in the Group 2 Sires Produce and the Group 1 J J Atkins over the Winter Carnival.

Both of those feature races were won by the very smart, Peter and Paul Snowden trained Sheeza Belter and, while Cocobrew Express did finished unplaced in both of those outings, there was nowhere near anything like that type of competition when he lined up for his first-up assignment at Ipswich.

That, and the fact that he had trialled well enough in the lead up to the race, saw him start at the prohibitive odds of $1.40 and he was able to win, as the price suggested he would, with something hand, albeit by only a one length margin.

Cocobrew Express landed in second and then settled third on the rail just two lengths off the leader. Cornish then angled Cocobrew Express out one wide approaching the turn and went about tackling the frontrunning Plums Akimbo ($5.50) early in the straight.
When Plums Akimbo began to weaken halfway up the straight, Cocobrew Express surged to the lead and although Four Mile Lane put in a spirited run from behind, the Button trained runner was never in any danger of defeat and he went to the line with his fourth career win safely tucked under his belt.

Cocobrew Express was Jasmine Cornish’s eighth winner since returned from a short holiday on August 20 and it took her total for first month of the season to a very healthy eleven winners.

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