Pateman to continue on his winning way
Mitchell Pateman is keen to build on the momentum of ANZAC Day when he returns to Kalgoorlie today (Saturday) with a strong book of six rides on the seven-race card.
Pateman was a clear winner of the Great Southern jockeys’ premiership at Albany’s final meeting for the 2016-17 season on Thursday, with 20 wins beating his arch-rival Shaun McGruddy (14 wins).
The two men had to share the title last season.
Pateman rode a career best four winners on That’s The Gio, King Cole, Daisy Express and Cosmah Dominator on a nine-race card at Albany on Boxing Day last year.
It was another Red Letter day for Pateman on ANZAC Day at Kalgoorlie riding three of the seven winners on the card.
Two of Pateman’s winners – Black Smuggler and The Cruel Sea – were for premier trainer Peter Fernie and the other Malilangwe was for Fernie’s good friend Lindsey Smith.
The 21 year-old jockey plans to make Kalgoorlie his winter racing headquarters when relocating back to Perth this week, after spending the past two years at Albany, where he rode winners for his mother Maria Hunter and uncle Paul Hunter.
“I have a house at Baldivis and will be riding work at lark Hill, but plan to go to ride at Ascot once a week,” Pateman said. “I am hoping the move gets me a few more city rides and I can pick up more rides on the inner provincial circuits.
“At this stage I am doing the bulk of the riding for Peter (Fernie) and I hope I can keep riding winners for him.”
Pateman, who has ridden 24 provincial winners and a city winner on Secret Minx (Up until Thursday morn), is strongly supported by Fernie at his second meeting at Kalgoorlie this year.
Fernie provides Pateman with all of his six rides – Thug Life (Race 1), Senorita Bonita (R2), Omerta (R4), Rikki Tikki Tavi (R5), High Limit (R6) and Thidwick The Moose (R7).
Pateman has a busy weekend riding last start Bunbury Stakes third place-getter Dream Lifter for his uncle Paul Hunter in tomorrow’s $125,000 Avon Valley Toyota Northam Stakes (1100m). A crackjack field of some of the State’s best sprinters has been assembled for the feature.
Today Pateman rejoins High Limit in the feature race at Kalgoorlie in the Goldfields Electrical Contracting Handicap (1400m).
He boasts an unblemished record on the seven-year-old having steered him to win over 1000m at Ascot in February 2014.
High Limit should be primed for his step up to 1400m for the first time this campaign after two good placings over 1100m and 1200m here on April 8 and 25.
Fernie also has Tahgeo Jay (Natasha Faithfull) and The Cruel Sea (Kate Witten) in the same race.
Pateman who ride at 56-5kg minimum limit was eliminated from keeping the ride on the The Cruel Sea because of his weight on 54kg.
“I have won on him the past (High Limit) and he looks to be going well,” Pateman said. “Being stretched out to the 1400m could be a query, but he has drawn one and should get a soft run.”
Rikki Tikki Tavi has the bonus of a draw on the rail at his first up start in the Jolly Boys Handicap (1100m).
The five-year-old is owned by Ascot trainer Bob Turrell and Chris Wells, who is a part-owner of Railway Stakes winner Scales Of Justice.
“He has a really good record first up and I am told he is working along well for the race,” Pateman said. “He looks my best ride for the day.”
Pateman believes the step up to 1600m will help Thug Life and Senorita Bonita’s solid provincial form at Bunbury stands her in good stead in the Buswest Maiden and the Explosive Manufacturing Maiden (1200m) respectively.
“Thug Life worked home good enough late over 1400m on ANZAC Day to suggest the 1600m is going to suit him,” Pateman said. “Senorita Bonita’s form in the provincial is good enough to suggest she can measure up to a maiden in Kalgoorlie.”
Pateman said Omerta’s first up run at Kalgoorlie was good but he was disappointing second up when finishing 11th over 1200m on ANZAC Day.
“He ran a really good race first up, but his second run was most disappointing,” Pateman said. “If he can repeat his first run he is a chance.”
Fernie also has last start Kalgoorlie winner Too Clever (who beat Omerta by nearly 6elns) in the Colin Trezona Handicap (1100m) race.
Thidwick The Moose is first up in the last race over 1400m.
“He did trial but it was far too short for him over 370m on ANZAC Day,” Pateman said.
Fernie has a big day ahead saddling 12 runners on the program.
Perth jockey Jason Brown makes a rare trip to the Goldfields during non-carnival time. He has been rewarded with six rides on Marmalisa (R1), Righto (R2), Oriental Classic (R3), Coco Cash (R5), Private Business (R6) and Roadsinger (R7).