Ives Joins The Leaders by The Gurkha
Felicity Ives rode her third winning double of the season which propelled her into the equal lead in both the Office National Leading Jockey and also the Scimitar Services Leading Apprentice Award and again displayed her considerable talent and timing to achieve the feat.
Her ride on Mustering was perfect in the fact she timed her closing effort to perfection, delivering the Medal Of Honor three year old late in the race to run past the deadheaters Redhage and Adricat right on the line.
But her performance on Flirtino was even better. Ives ended up last on the fence aboard the Joanne Forest trained McFlirt gelding but didn’t panic, electing to follow through along the rails before taking a narrow split between horses and then finished hard back along the rails to nose out Poppies For Spring on the line.
“He is the sort of horse that you cannot bustle early and ride on the pace. You have to hope for luck and we got plenty of it on Sunday.” Ives told The Gurkha “I didn’t expect to have ridden as many winners as I have but Dan is doing a great job placing his horses up here.”
“He is going to leave Mustering and Hinzley up here and has some more fresh legs set to be sent up here later in the month.”
Dan Morton is a huge rap on Ives who doubles as his apprentice and Kalgoorlie foreperson and the results she has achieved so far this season speak volumes of her maturity which is showing on the track.
The victory by Mustering was the seventh winner of the season for Morton and the city based trainer may launch a late season attack on the premiership.