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