Battle Royale Develops by The Gurkha
The battle for the Kalgoorlie Feed Barn Leading Trainer Award intensified after Sundays results with Peter Fernie joining Dean Nazzari on top of the table with 11 wins apiece.
Fernie has really hit form over the past month and trained another double while Nazzari prepared one winner but may have been unlucky not to train another.
The heavily backed Husson Command was the first leg of a siring double for Hussonet following a soft win in the Ron Hunter Properties Maiden for Fernie and was followed later in the day by Morsecodian, another noticeable tote tumbler who led all of the way to upset the fancies in the Stationary Plus Office Handicap (1600 metres).
Whilst Sunday provided local race goers with their first taste of winter racing, favourite backers commenced the day lamenting the unlucky run of Carla ($2.60fav) who just missed running down Riverbank Frank in the RSM Bird Cameron Maiden (1760m).
Nazzari celebrated another win with Flying Bails in the Safe And Sound Storage Handicap (1300m) his eleventh of the season.
While bookmakers would have Fernie a short price favourite to win yet another Trainers Premiership, Nazzari continues to train his winners at an excellent strike rate.
His 11 KBRC winners and one metro win with Brother Patrick have come at 21% or better than a winner every five runners prepared on race day.
The Fernie business plan is a contrasting model with the King of Cambana Lodge happy to work the numbers. For instance on Sunday Fernie saddled up 11 runners and so far this season has trained 22 provincial winners at 10% which is a still a healthy strike rate.
While Nazzari was unlucky with Carla and also Inform who stormed home to finish second to Zipfer in the last race of the day-Fernie too found trouble with Aylesford looking very unlucky and both Master Beckett and Defy Me performing below expectations.
“Flying Bails was unlucky at her prior start when caught wide throughout.
She sat back in the field and hit the line with a good sprint.” Nazzari told The Gurkha.
“Both Inform and Farethewell raced well and Carla was very unlucky to lose.”
“Kevin Bohorun rode Flying Bails perfectly with cover and allowed the horse to use its sprint. Coming of three weeks really helped her as well.”
“Carla looked very unlucky and may have a future as a stayer.”
“I look like having a quiet week next Sunday with only Stellar Choice entered but I have just picked up Octagene from the Brett Pope stable and he should be able to race well up here.”
Fernie was rapt with the win of middle distance galloper Morsecodian who kept finding plenty in front for apprentice Kevin Bohorun delivering the young man a double for the day after his win on Flying Bails.
“Morsecodian is very adept at the middle distance and young Kevin rode him well. Defy Me raced a little flat.” Fernie said “Kevin will now head back to Perth and will be looking to find a placement back in his home country of Mauritius.”
“Husson Command deserved his win and Glenn thought he could be suited at 1400 metres.”
“Aylesford looked a little unlucky and Gigstar was a strong effort.”
“I have another strong team of runners this Sunday with horses like Don’t Park and Danterina in. Neville has left Lottabiz up here with me and it was a good run last Sunday.” Fernie said.