A matter of inches for trainer-jockey combination in Bathurst

SO CLOSE: Royal Abbey came third for Orange trainer Michael Plummer at Bathurst on Tuesday afternoon. Photo: JUDE KEOGH
SO CLOSE: Royal Abbey came third for Orange trainer Michael Plummer at Bathurst on Tuesday afternoon. Photo: JUDE KEOGH

Orange trainer-jockey duo Michael Plummer and Katelyn Jenkinson secured two placings at Bathurst on Tuesday afternoon, continuing their burgeoning partnership.

Jenkinson piloted Royal Abbey to third in the LJ Hooker Bathurst Class 1 Handicap (1808m), the fourth of the afternoon, backing up to steer Hoffa Express to a third finish in the fifth, the Kennards Hire Class 1 Handicap (1108m)

Royal Abbey ($5) stormed down the inside on the home straight and was neck-and-neck with eventual winner Biscuit ($4.40) and second-finisher Gacela ($5), and missed out by less than half-a-length.

Hoffa Express, paying a ridiculous $201 to one, was even closer.

The seven-year-old chestnut mare came from the back of the field with 200 to go, eventually finishing a third-of-a-length behind winner Elite Hong Kong ($12).

Lewinski ($21) finished second by a nose.