Inform Staeck to continue run of success
Top jockey Daniel Staeck’s charge to the top of the Kalgoorlie jockeys’ ladder can pick up further momentum – spearheaded by The Cruel Sea’s chase for a fifth straight win in tomorrow’s (Sunday’s) KALSEC Creative Business Support Handicap (1400m).
Staeck enjoyed a memorable day at Belmont Park last Saturday when he rode WA’s glamour galloper Scales Of Justice to an outstanding second up win in the Group 3 Hyperion Stakes (1600m).
The highly talented jockey continued his hot streak at Kalgoorlie the next day, riding in brilliant style to claim four winners – Nazareth, Raczynski, A Bit Sketchy and Queenie O’Lara - from his seven rides and edge to eight wins for the year.
He sits perched five wins adrift of leading Goldfields’ rider Mitchell Pateman (13).
With Pateman missing tomorrow’s (Sunday’s) meeting, Staeck gets the chance to whittle away further at Pateman’s lead, armed with a full-book of seven rides.
The Cruel Sea and Corvara are locked at the head of the Kalgoorlie horse of the year award on four wins each.
Staeck rode The Cruel Sea for the first time when he narrowly beat stable-mate Casino Belle over 1400m here a fortnight ago.
The Cruel Sea received a two-kilo penalty for the win and will carry top-weight on 59kg tomorrow (Sunday) at his rematch against Casino Belle (57kg).
Leading trainer Peter Fernie, who has trained 17 winners this year, will saddle three – The Cruel Sea, Casino Belle and Haul In - of the five runners.
“I rode The Cruel Sea for the first time last start,” Staeck said. “I thought Casino Belle had the race won but full credit to my horse in that he was too strong at the finish.”
The Cruel Sea and Casino Belle, are owned by former Kalgoorlie-Boulder Racing Club chairman Andrew Inglis.
Staeck goes back on to Kalavedo in the Ivan Vukovic Handicap (1400m).
Staeck rode the former Tasmanian yearling at his three trial wins, but stuck to Corvara, when he ran a good third to the mare first up over 1300m here on June 11.
“Kalavedo looks a very good chance,” Staeck said. “He did well in his trials and that was his first start this preparation.
“He has got some ability.”
The Rod Brown-trained five-year-old was given a lengthy spell after he suffered injuries in a floating mishap en route to Belmont Park last spring.
He has an excellent second up record of a win and two thirds at three starts, but again has drawn wide in eight in a field of nine runners.
Staeck will be searching for consecutive wins on Raczynski when she butters up in the Mister Signs Handicap (1200m).
With blinkers on for the first time, Raczynski skipped away to a comfortable lead from her rail’s draw last Sunday, to hold out Vonus by ¾ of a length over 1100m.
The mare goes up 1.5kg to 56.5kg for her win, but has again drawn ideally to utilize her gate speed in barrier three.
“It was a strong win and she has the pace to make her own luck,” Staeck said. “I expect her to be competitive again.”
Vonus will again be Staeck’s major opponent, when he rides the lightly-raced three-year-old Code Violation for the first time in the Hampton Mining Handicap (1100m).
Code Violation has finished second over 1200m and a 1000m at Kalgoorlie and Northam at his two starts for Fernie, since being transferred from the stables of Scales Of Justice’s trainer Lindsey Smith.
The son of Scandal Keeper has been loaded with the biggest weight of his eight-start career on 59kg, but does have the advantage of jumping from barrier one.
“He must carry top-weight and that is going to be a big job for a three-year-old,” Staeck said. “It is going to be difficult, but he has had two good runs this preparation now.”
Staeck’s other three rides at the meeting are Brolo Boy (Race 2), Tahegeo Bay (R3) and Major Detail (R7).
Leading jockey Lucy Warwick makes a welcomed return to the Goldfields this weekend.
Warwick rode her first winner back on Jetoomy – trained by her father Justin - at Belmont last Saturday, after being sidelined because of injuries suffered in a bad fall from Elegant Blast at Ascot on April 1.