Fron­trun­ning ride from ap­pren­tice Bho­lah a stand­out

Otago Daily Times - - RACING & SPORT - JONNY TURNER

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.

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