Frontrunning ride from apprentice Bholah a standout
APPRENTICE jockeys sealed a magnificent day out at Wingatui with bold frontrunning rides to win yesterday’s last two races.
The two victories gave apprentice riders a tally of seven wins from nine races on the Melbourne Cup day programme.
The seventh of those victories was the most spectacular.
For the second consecutive time at a Wingatui meeting, rider Zhubair Bholah used daring frontrunning tactics to win with Flicka Of Gold.
Bholah allowed the Steve Tylertrained veteran to stride along in front of the field by as far as eight lengths.
Unlike in his previous win, the field started to close on Flicka Of Gold. At the finish, however, Bholah had timed the run to perfection as Flicka Of Gold scored by threequarters of a length over Kilowatt.
Tyler hopes winning on one of southern racing’s biggest days will make people take notice of Bholah’s talent in the saddle.
‘‘He is riding so well, but he is not getting many opportunities here.
‘‘His last four rides he has had two wins and a third and a fourth. He is a great 4kg claimer, so hopefully people start putting him on.’’
Tyler said Bholah’s work away from the races was as instrumental in Flicka Of Gold’s win as his race ride.
‘‘At lot comes down to your track rider and he is a young man that has a good feel of a horse, and he can tell me a lot about them and we work in together.’’
In the previous event, apprentice Rohan Mudhoo used frontrunning tactics to win with Majic El for trainer Claire Anderton.
Rather than giving the horse the same break on the field Flicka Of Gold got, Mudhoo rated the horse nicely in front before the horse ran away from his opposition at the finish.