KBRC debut for Lewthwaite
Young trainer Brock Lewthwaite is excited to be kicking off his maiden venture to the Goldfields, when he saddles his first runners at Kalgoorlie tomorrow.
Lewthwaite has rented the old stables of former Kalgoorlie stalwart John Lugg, who trained the 2004 Kalgoorlie Cup winner Violent Wind and 1998 Hannan’s Handicap winner Go The Grey.
Lewthwaite, 25, took a break from preparing his team at Lark Hill to travel to Sydney to watch Australia’s champion mare Winx claim her 17th straight win in the Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2000m) at Randwick on April 8.
The vacation turned into a working holiday when he rekindled his association with Hermitage Thoroughbreds and rode track-work for the organization.
“They were after my girlfriend more than me to ride the track work because she is a light-weight,” Lewthwaite said. “It was good to get away and although we didn’t turn the alarm clock off the break was a great freshen up.
“Winx’s trainer Chris Waller does his pre-training at Hermitage and Winx obviously has done her pre-training there.
“It was good to get back and network with Hermitage again, after I had worked there before.
“I am hoping they may send across a couple of horses at a later date.”
Lewthwaite shifted to his new Kalgoorlie stables this week and will saddle will be hoping his three runners can go close to shaking off their maiden tags in the Mudex Maiden (Bolshevik and The Paua Fritter) and Enzed Maiden (Secret Rogue).
The three horses are having their first starts for Lewthwaite after being transferred across from Vaughn Sigley.
“This is the first batch of horses and I have a second batch coming up next week,” Lewthwaite said. “I wasn’t too sure about what the stabling was like or how many stables I would have.
“I have been impressed by the stables and have room for nine horses.
“I plan to get my track rider’s license next week so I can ride my own work and do some track work for other trainers.
“It is a learning curve for me with these horses.
“They have done their work at home and are fit, but it is difficult to gauge how they will go because they don’t have much exposed form.”
Lewthwaite has pulled the winkers off Bolshevik and taken the blinkers off Secret Rogue to start fresh with both horses.
Bolshevik ran a handy ninth to Storm at his debut over 1200m at Belmont Park last September, but his form tapered off at his three subsequent starts.
The Paua Fritter ran last of 10 at his sole start over 1000m at Northam last October and Secret Rogue, who had won a trial at Lark Hill, did not reciprocate that form at his four starts last year.
“Bolshevik has worked very strong here for the girl riders here,” Lewthwaite said. “I had to back off him a bit because he was pulling too hard.
“He looks the best chance of my two horses in the race, but he has not raced over 1100m before.
“Secret Rogue is fit and well and if he repeats his early fresh form then he should go well.
“I am happy with all three horses and Sunday will be a test to see where they are at.”
Leading jockey Mitchell Pateman looks set for another outstanding day and can take out the feature event in the Sky Racing TV Provincial Championship heat (1200m) on Rikki Tikki Tavi.
Pateman celebrated another Red Letter day here last Saturday, riding a career best four winners, on Thug Life, Senorita Bonita, Jebel Musa and Rikki Tikki Tavi.
Pateman has a full book tomorrow on Madrid Centro (Race 1), Ferg’s Gallop (2), My Name Is Sue (3), Black Smuggler (4), Prayer In Cee (5), Prohurst Express (6) and Rikki Tikki Tavi (7).
Premier trainer Peter Fernie provides the bulk of Pateman’s arsenal again with Madrid Centro, Black Smuggler, Prayer In Cee, Prohurst Express and Rikki Tikki Tavi.
Fernie provided three of Pateman’s four winners last week and two of the three winners he rode at Kalgoorlie on ANZAC Day.