Faith­full’s first crack at Han­nans with smokey

Albany Advertiser - - CLASSIFIEDS - Cameron New­bold

Al­bany jockey Natasha Faith­full will have her first ride in the listed $120,000 Han­nans Hand­i­cap to­mor­row, part­ner­ing A Bit Sketchy in the rich fea­ture race at the Kal­go­or­lie Boul­der Rac­ing Club.

Faith­full, who rode her first win­ner as a jockey in Kal­go­or­lie in 2011, has not rid­den in the Han­nans Hand­i­cap pre­vi­ously but will be aboard the light­weight chance in the 2018 edi­tion of the race.

A Bit Sketchy has been in ter­rific form at her past three starts in the Gold­fields, win­ning the Shire Of Cool­gar­die Hand­i­cap (1300m) on Septem­ber 9 be­fore run­ning a close-up fourth in the $30,000 Kam­balda Cup (1400m) late last month.

Trained by Craig Wright, the seven-year-old mare came from sixth on the turn in the Kam­balda Cup to get beaten by a short half-head in the fin­ish.

Faith­full re­places Matthieu Au­tier on A Bit Sketchy, with Au­tier tak­ing the mount on Wright’s other run­ner in the race, Bol­ly­wood Blitz.

A Bit Sketchy will jump from bar­rier eight and carry the min­i­mum 54kg in the fea­ture race which is set down for 4.50pm.

For­mer Al­bany ap­pren­tice Tayla Stone will be aboard Senorita Bonita for Peter Fernie in the Han­nans Hand­i­cap, after they teamed up to win the Kam­balda Cup.

Ex-Al­bany hoop Mitchell Pate­man doesn’t have a ride in the Han­nans Hand­i­cap but takes a strong book of seven rides on the eigh­trace pro­gram to­mor­row.

Mean­while Lord­help­merun has re­turned to rac­ing in im­pres­sive fash­ion for Al­bany trainer Steve Wolfe, run­ning sec­ond in the $70,000 Happy 90th Birth­day Leo Lough­nan Plate (1200m).

The WA Sires’ Pro­duce Stakes win­ner lumped 60kg and ran home strongly to fin­ish sec­ond to Pablo’s Poem beaten 1¾ lengths at his first start since April.

“A very smart horse beat him,” Wolfe said.

“He stuck to his task un­der the 60kg and the (WA) Guineas is our tar­get.

“We’ve got plenty of time so we’ll keep tick­ing the boxes and he might not run again un­til the Fairetha (Stakes) next month.”

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