Newcastle Cup-Cameron Handicap-Tibbie Stakes treble for jockey Jeff Penza

THREE CHEERS: Jeff Penza on board Great House in the Newcastle Cup on Friday. The same jockey made it a group 3 clean sweep by also winning the Cameron Handicap and Tibbie Stakes. Picture: Newcastle Jockey Club

THREE CHEERS: Jeff Penza on board Great House in the Newcastle Cup on Friday. The same jockey made it a group 3 clean sweep by also winning the Cameron Handicap and Tibbie Stakes. Picture: Newcastle Jockey Club

JEFF Penza has described it as a "great thrill" and "very rewarding" after completing a clean sweep of the Newcastle features on Friday.

It is believed to be the first time a jockey has claimed the group 3 treble - Newcastle Cup, Cameron Handicap and Tibbie Stakes - at the same meeting.

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The hat-trick of winners were produced over the last three races of the spring carnival program.

Penza kick started proceedings with Madam Legend in the Tibbie, followed up with Great House in the $250,000 cup and finished off with Ashman in the Cameron.

"It is a great thill for myself," Penza told Sky Racing at the end of the card.

"I ride here (Newcastle) every provincial meeting and do my best, but to come here on a good day like this and come out on top is very rewarding."

In the main event, a maiden Newcastle Cup success for Penza, five-year-old gelding Great House made it a fourth title in seven years for Sydney trainer Chris Waller.

Great House, paying $13.10 on the TAB tote, produced an impressive sprint down the middle of the straight to keep Quick Thinker and stablemate No Compromise at bay.

Newcastle trainer Kris Lees, who won his first hometown cup last year with Mugatoo, finished fourth with five-year-old gelding Luncies.

'I'd like to go The Metropolitan with him (Luncies) but we'll have to wait and see if he makes the field," Lees said.

Either side of the 2300 metre event, Penza twice led from start to finish in taking out the Tibbie (1400m) and Cameron (1500m).

The hoop overcame a wide barrier draw with Les Bridge-trained Madam Legend in the Tibbie, holding off Mirra Vision and Great News.

Penza did the same thing from the inside lane for Kim Waugh-trained Ashman in the Cameron. Paul Perry's Sky Lab was second by 0.07 lengths.

Earlier at the Broadmeadow track, Warwick Farm trainer Gary Portelli nabbed back-to-back winners in the third and fourth. Clyde took out the colts, geldings and entires maiden handicap (1400m) before favourite Capital Reign cruised to victory in the Hurricane Handicap (900m).

James Cummings and Christian Reith combined forces with Dhakuri in the class 1 maiden plate (1850m), holding off Perry's Fluttershy in the fifth.

Eight-dollar shot Van Gogh opened proceedings in the benchmark 68 handicap (1600m) while Yearning got home next by half a length in the fillies and mares maiden handicap (1400m).

Elsewhere on Friday, Lees saluted north of the state border at Eagle Farm with Fu Ni winning a benchmark 65 handicap (2231m).

Meanwhile, Scone trainer Cameron Crockett has scored a spot in The Kosciuszko after six-year-old gelding Mr Hussill was confirmed on Friday as a starter in the $1.3 million country feature at Randwick on October 16. This follows on from Nadaraja securing a position for the Upper Hunter stables of Stephen Jones earlier this week.

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