Sonny Biscay impressive despite questionable ride by The Gurkha
Despite the emphatic first-up performance produced by stable star Sonny Biscay on Sunday, trainer Peter Fernie has been left with contrasting emotions.
While delighted the six-year-old had notched an eighth career victory in the Goldfields Toyota Handicap (1300m), Fernie was frustrated at the unapproved riding tactics employed by apprentice Kevin Bohorun.
The Mauritian-born apprentice fired Sonny Biscay out of the barriers before pushing him to an eight-length lead at the home turn.
"I wasn't too happy with the ride," Fernie said.
"He (Bohorun) went out way to hard for a first-up run over 1300m.
"He's (Sonny Biscay) pulled up well enough but we won't really know until his next start what affect it has had on him."
Fourth in last years Hannans Handicap, Sonny Biscay will next race in the BIS Kambalda Cup on September 9.
One of Fernie's most consistent gallopers this season, Mr Vadim, scored a dominant victory in the Goldfields Chery Handicap (1300m) earlier on the card.
The flashy chestnut has always shown ability, however his attitude and maturity have long been lacking.
"He's got less brain cells than I have," Fernie said.
"He's too immature for any better races now so we'll just see how he goes."
The champion trainer stated Mr Vadim may return to original trainer Lindsey Smith if he continued to improve.
Fernie also praised to ride of veteran rider Russell Hanson, who took the horse forward and kept him out of trouble.
Another former Perth horse, Maybe Us, hit the line well for second.