Hanson Getting Close by The Gurkha
Local champion jockey Russell Hanson, fresh from an aggressive ride on Albertani to win the City Building Supplies Maiden (1300 metres) is building close to top form and should be followed in the coming weeks.
Hanson has ridden four winners for the month with Albertani for Merv Dellar being the most impressive and looking capable of progressing through the rank.
“He gave me the feel of a nice horse. He raced on the pace and found the line strongly. Merv has him going well and being by Snitzel would suggest he has got that bit of class.” Hanson said. “I think there are a few more wins left in store for this bloke.”
The veteran of five Kalgoorlie riding premierships has also been a regular at Carnarvon this year where he has ridden two winners recently.
“You have to get around to ride the winners. Unfortunately I won’t be up at Leonora over the long weekend but I will be back up in Kalgoorlie on Sunday.”
“Merv has his team going well-Intimidator got home well on Sunday and will go for a spell before coming back for another shot at the Hannan’s.”
“Star Trader was a big run last start when he flew home behind Holy Sandgroper. He should be hard to beat next start.”
Hanson is also riding for Paul Smythe, Aaron Bazeley and Cliff Smith.
“I’m just starting to get my eye in, so hopefully there will be some more winners around the corner.” Hanson concluded.
The Albertani race could prove to be a good form reference with Phase Three and Carla looking nice horses with a future and Spiritage is an improving type.
Nugget Defies The Odds
The newly formed Nugget Racing Syndicate received a quick return on an astute investment to buy the well performed galloper Defy Me.
Last year Defy Me swept all before him, winning four races on the bounce, progressing from a maiden win to a Tattersall’s Cup victory.
“He showed us that he thrived in Kalgoorlie last year and by winning the Tattersall’s Cup he may well progress to being a genuine Cups horse over the Round.” Peter Fernie said.
“Andrew Inglis put together a syndicate and named it Nugget Racing. KBRC Committeemen Andrew Seigmund and Gary Connell are part of the team and they have been joined by Bronte Stewart and Brett and Darren Royal who are part owners of Black George.”
“It was a great effort for Defy Me to win on Sunday. He hadn’t started since finishing fourth at Pinjarra early in April.”
“He also gave a lot of weight away and seemed to have something up his sleeve on the line. Glenn Smith was very impressed by the feel he gave him.”
“Defy Me will start in a mile race in a fortnight.”
The stable favourite Verster returned to the winners stall after leading all of the way to win the Coastal Midwest Transport Handicap (1400 metres) for gun apprentice Joe Azzopardi.
“That looked a nice race for him. It was a bit on pace and he looked the only leader. He is at the mercy of the handicapper now and we may have to go to Perth with him in the near future.”
Fernie was also happy with the efforts of Ayelsford and Walk By My Side.
“Aylesford has not drawn a barrier this year and has put in some massive runs. Walk By My Side is getting very close to opening the account here in Kalgoorlie.”
Fernie has been a little slow out of the blocks this season and his double on Sunday took his tally to six wins for the year, still four adrift of Dean Nazzari who added to his total with the win of Hiatus on Sunday.
“I am culling my stable back and about four to six horses will be axed over the next few weeks. I still have about nine horses to come back into the stable and I need to make room for the better horses.” Fernie concluded.