TEN days after Dean Mirfin watched his horses lock out the top two in Orange's Buckley's Carpet Court Banjo Patterson Cup he was watching a different pair of stablemates achieve the same feat on his home track.
The Bathurst trainer scored a dominant quinella in Tuesday's Oak Tree Retirement Village Class 2 Handicap (1408 metres) when favourite Electrified ($1.85) passed his stablemate Alcatran ($5) over the final 100.
The two Mirfin horses were almost having a match race by the time the rest of the field rolled past.
That chasing bunch was headed by Paris Crystal ($7) which was almost six lengths behind runner-up Alcatran.
Paris Crystal prevented an all-Bathurst top four just ahead of Peter Stanley's The Long Run ($4.60) and Roy McCabe's Gaze Beyond ($17).
But the race was all about Mirfin's hopes.
They're fun races to watch when two of them run away like that and you know that one of them is going to win.Dean Mirfin
In fact, it was that way from the first few strides out of the barriers.
Alcatran, as expected, drove through to find the lead while Ryan was keen to keep Electrified nestled near his stablemate.
Gaze Beyond sat in third along the rail before The Long Run and Paris Crystal began to move forward inside the 600.
Mirfin's duo showed their class as the field straightened for home.
Ings nudged Alcatran into action to see him bolt clear of the pack but Ryan looked very comfortable on the favourite.
Once he asked Electrified to go up a gear his ride responded in style, winning by a length from Alcatran.
In what was virtually the perfect result for a trainer the only thing Mirfin could have asked for was the pair to switch finishing positions.
"They're fun races to watch when two of them run away like that and you know that one of them is going to win," Mirfin said.
"The perfect scenario would have being Alcatran winning because that would have seen his benchmark be certainly high enough to get into the Country Championships.
"There's no guarantee though that either of them will race again this weekend. They're only three-year-olds, they're really nice horses and we need to look after them.
"Electrified is very progressive and this time in 12 months he will have won some nice races. We'll keep him on ice for a while and see what to do with him."
Alcatran is the only horse from Mirfin's four Country Championships qualifier nominations who is on the brink of missing out.
I Am Capitan, I Am Magnificent and Wordly Pleasure look certain to earn a spot in the $150,000 race at Mudgee this Saturday.
Acceptances for the race, which Mirfin took out last year with Cosmologist, will be released on Thursday.
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