Local trainers, jockeys fly the flag on their home track
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It was the horse’s first win from 24 starts but Archard has only had him for this preparation.
“You start to wonder, after every run, that you just can’t win one but he’s got the monkey off his back after today,” Archard said.
“He’s no all-star but I would like to think he will run a race or two more,” he said.
“The way he hit the line we might be able to stretch him out a bit more.”
In the next race – the $20,000 Murphy’s Turf Handicap over 1100m – it was the turn of the Cornish/Gaskin stable to fly the local flag.
Despite another plunge, which saw Our Sevira price tumble from $19 to $11 not long before they jumped and once again it was money down the drain.
Mick Cornish said Left Jaybee Out likes running on her home track and he liked having his stable’s apprentice jockey Mikaela Claridge on board with her 3kg claim.
And the apprentice was obviously in a rush to impress her masters with Left Jaybee Out flying out of the gate and before the field could settle the race was all but over.
LJO was more than five lengths clear as they approached the bend and kept extending the gap.
At the 400m Claridge, stuck like a postage stamp on her back, LJO was asked for an effort.
The pair was simply too good, no-one made any impact in the straight as Claridge ran it like a true sprint.