JOCKEY PRODUCES ‘WANDO’ MAGIC TO STEER HOME WINNER
TOWNSVILLE trainer Chris Parry’s final words to jockey Wanderson D’avila at Cluden Park were, “it’s going to take a Wando special”.
That is exactly what the jockey produced as he caused a boilover on As Yawood ($35).
The eight-year-old mare, who failed to find second gear at
Ewan last week, got up in the last bound to beat Three Phase and $3 favourite Kefalonia.
It was a major turnaround but one her Wulguru trainer expected.
“She has been right for the last couple of runs,’’ Parry said. “I went to Ewan thinking it was a suitable race for her.
“The Ewan track just didn’t suit her, the dirt kicked back in her face and she didn’t let down.
“We set her here just hoping and luckily they split the race. If they hadn’t split the race, she probably doesn’t get a run.’’
Parry said he was concerned about the pace up front with Kefalonia putting pressure on at the turn.
But the favourite started to struggle under 60.5kg.
Three Phase was perfectly ridden by Ryan Wiggins and appeared odds-on to get the nod before As Yawood loomed at the post.
The tight finish caused confusion as Wiggins went to the winner’s stall to dismount.
But the judges gave it to As Yawood, on the outside, in a photo finish.