Misty Back On Top by The Gurkha
Misty Bazeley charged back into the lead of the Office National Leading Jockey of the Year award with a hat- trick of wins when she resumed riding from suspension last Sunday.
Bazeley was last year’s Jockey of the Year and was able to get her title defence back on track after receiving a 13 day suspension on June 23.
The mother of two and wife of leading trainer Aaron Bazeley, Misty was at her aggressive best aboard Red Destiny, Wild Champagne and Secret Glow to race to 11 wins for the season.
From barrier one, Bazeley was able to have Red Destiny positioned just off the pace and then finished off down the centre of the track to claim Memphis Playboy right on the line in the Tilling Smart Frame Maiden (1400 metres).
Her next win on the stable trained Wild Champagne was text book stuff.
Again Bazeley was able to place the heavily backed favourite just off the pace which was set by Joyeux the second favourite.
Wild Champagne raced to the lead at the top of the home straight and then was able to hold off the late charge from Snuff Gruffles who momentarily looked the winner at the 100 metres.
After being the darling for punters with her first two wins, Bazeley turned the villain by guiding Secret Glow home to win the Wesbeam Handicap (1760
metres) at knock out odds ($18).
Bazeley slotted the Ashley Grace trained Secret Glow outside of the leader Morsecodian before getting the trail behind Defy Me and then raced to the lead at the 200 metres and held off the late challenge from Black Tycoon.
“I didn’t expect to win three races but all of the horses ran exceptionally well!” Bazeley beamed to The Gurkha. “I think Wild Champagne could not have been more impressive. The fence was not the place to be and that’s where we ended up.”
“Wild Champagne is a bit of a hot head but continues to improve. He will only get better when the penny drops mentally.”
“Red Destiny is another knuckle head but like Wild Champagne is starting to work it out and should win some more races for Ian Grieg.”
“On Sunday he was going to win the race easily but decided to pull up a bit on the line!”
“Secret Glow’s win did not surprise me as much as it did some others.
He always works well and in most of his races gets back and runs some very fast closing sectionals.”
“I told Ashley Grace that if he jumped well he would take some beating and when we ended up outside the leader my confidence really grew!”
“If Ashley can keep his few issues under control he deserves his place in the Stayers Series.”
Last year Bazeley narrowly missed out on the Goldfields Sportsperson of the Year Award after capturing the Jockeys series with 20 wins and if she continues her recent form, may go one better this year.