Faithfull looking to make an impact
Natasha Faithfull is keen to make a strong charge into the start of the Kalgoorlie racing season and cement her popularity with local owners and trainers.
Faithfull took her two pets dogs and made the big shift to the Goldfields last week.
She spent six months in Queensland in 2015, where she based herself at Deagon and rode in 38 races, posting a win on Pocillo at Beaudesert.
“I decided to go on a working holiday and have a look at Queensland,” Faithfull said.
“I rode work for trainers like Tony Gollan and I learnt a lot from my experience.
The former leading apprentice rider at Geraldton and Albany is now eager to build a strong relationship with the Kalgoorlie racing fraternity.
“I was wanting to move up to Kalgoorlie last year, but I did not get organised early and then I could not find a house where I could keep my two dogs,”
Faithfull said. “Mum has sent Molly (Molly Twohundred) up to race here this season and that has been an incentive as well.
“Kalgoorlie is my favourite track and I like the people up here.
“I started riding here last Tuesday and I am hoping to get established with the owners and trainers before the city jockeys start coming up for the Sunday meetings.”
Molly Twohundred is owned by Samantha Faithfull and her partner Rodney Drage and trained by former Ascot trainer Craig Wright.
Faithfull is looking to Molly Twohundred to stretch her winning Albany form to Kalgoorlie when she runs in the Know Your Limit Handicap (1100m) on ANZAC Day.
The four-year-old drops 1.5kg on the 57kg she carried to claim her third win at eight starts over 1100m at Albany at her last start on February 2.
“She has been a really good horse to us and has had a month off and will be nice and fresh,” Faithfull said.
“Craig has put the ear muffs on her because she can get a bit hot in the parade yard and we are hoping they will settle her better.”
Faithfull kicked off to a good start at the opening Kalgoorlie meeting riding out Aluminize to a narrow win for trainer Brett Mathews over 1200m on April 8.
She also gave Mathews the minor leg of a quinella, when Pegatego finished runner up to Cee I Ay in the last race.
The 23 year-old jockey rides Aluminize in the Drinking Kills Driving Skills Handicap (1400m) and Pegatego in Kalgoorlie RSL Handicap (1200m).
Aluminize goes up to 2kg to 56kg and is not as well drawn in gate nine, but he should relish the extra 200m.
“His second up record is okay and he is going to be better suited over the 1400m,” Faithfull said.
“I don’t think he will be as forward this time and I will try to slot into the field from his gate.”
“Pegatego’s first up form is not that good so it was a great run by him,” Faithfull said.
“He is going to improve on the run and he is better suited over the 1200m.”
Faithfull will re-ignite an old association with Crowder when she attempts to score a break-through win on the six-year-old in the Pure Gold Magic Moment Maiden (1400m).
Faithfull has ridden Crowder six times, including four successive seconds in maidens at Northam and Belmont, last year.
Jerry Noske has been the gelding’s regular rider at his three starts this year.
“If he can bring his best city and provincial form to Kalgoorlie he should be hard to beat,” Faithfull said. I did a lot of work with him last year when he was racing well at Northam and Belmont.”
Faithfull is looking to Monaco Rose to bring her best form from the inner provincial tracks to the Goldfields in the Don’t Drink and Drive Maiden (1200m).
The Trade Fair three-year-old filly is having her first start for Brett Mathews.
“She ran a handy third at York last start and that form should be a bit stronger than here,” Faithfull said.
Faithful is confident Dylicious Secret can be most competitive in the Blow .05 and You Blow Over Handicap (1300m).
Dylicious Secret was challenged for the lead by Yousha Dua but held on well to run four behind the fast finishing Master Winks over 1200m on April 8.
She won at her prior start over 1100m at Esperance on March 5.
“She was entitled to tire as she was taken on at the front for most of the race,” Faithfull said.
Faithfull’s other ride on the seven race card is Antalya, who is first up and has drawn in 16 in the Masters Football Club Handicap (1200m).
“She is going to be better suited when she steps up to 1600m or further,” Faithfull said.