War­wick’s geld­ing blasts way to Ap­pren­tice Cup win

Harvey-Waroona Reporter - - SPORT | REPORTER -

MYALUP trainer Justin War­wick was on the win­ner’s list at Bel­mont Race­course, with in-form bay mare El­e­gant Blast salut­ing the judges in the $50,000 Ap­pren­tices’ Cup (2200m) on Satur­day.

The favourite started strongly from bar­rier one and sat on the rail­ing for much of the race, be­fore mak­ing a move with 400m to go.

Jockey Jor­dan Turner put the four-year-old to work on the straight and he re­sponded, fin­ish- ing just ahead of New Zealand’s Romelo.

“It was great to ride this win­ner for Justin (War­wick),” Turner said.

“She set­tled won­der­ful mid-race. We got a good run through and credit to the horse, she stuck on well.”

The win was El­e­gant Blast’s third from 18 starts and first across the 2200m.

El­e­gant blast has now col­lected more than $120,000 in prize money.

War­wick was a lit­tle less suc­cess­ful ear­lier in the day, with pre­race favourite Je­toomy fin­ish­ing third in the $60,000 Crown Perth Hand­i­cap (2000m).

The five-year-old bay geld­ing fin­ished a length be­hind win­ner Dane­hills Daugh­ter, which was rid­den by Shaun O’Don­nell.

War­wick will be hop­ing Detroit Diesel will give the sta­ble an­other win to­mor­row when he jumps in the $17,500 Class One Hand­i­cap (1650m) at Bel­mont.

Rid­den by daugh­ter Lucy War­wick, the five-year-old geld­ing is seek­ing a sec­ond win from a 13th start. The for­mer Vic­to­rian racer has not won since com­ing to the War­wick sta­ble, fin­ish­ing third in his only start at Pin­jarra last month across 1600m.

Detroit Diesel will jump from bar­rier nine in a stacked field for a mid-week metropoli­tan meet.

Credit: Si­mon Mer­ritt/Western Ra­cepix

Jor­dan Turner rides the Justin War­wick-trained El­e­gant Blast to vic­tory in the $50,000 Ap­pren­tices’ Cup (2400m) at the Bel­mont Race­course on Satur­day.

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