Top Rides on Display by The Gurkha
With Jason Whiting setting the standard on Amelia’s Dancer in the Focus Minerals Coolgardie Cup, local racegoers were exposed to first class riding throughout the day.
Natasha Faithfull and Shaun Mcgruddy both turned in outstanding displays on Canacskaroo and I See Luck respectively.
McGruddy placed I See The Luck the odds on favourite in the Shire Of Coolgardie Handicap just behind the leader and then moved into clear running just before the home turn before sprinting away for an effortless win.
Faithfull showed aggression to lead on Canacskaroo in the Moran’s Store Handicap and then rated the gelding perfectly, finding a natural rhythm before sprinting away on the home bend.
“That was a superb ride from Shaun-he is riding at the peak of his powers and I am lucky to have him as my stable number one! Steve Wolfe told the Ghurka. “And then to see my apprentice Natasha Faithfull ride so well the next race made it a day to savour.”
“I have plenty of ammunition at home ready for Kalgoorlie so hopefully the good times will continue.” Wolfe said.
Mr Vadim On A Roll
The training performance of Peter Fernie to turn around the race record of Mr Vadim is testament to his ability as a horse man.
Formally trained by Lindsey Smith, Mr Vadim an impressive looking chestnut with big white blaze had a reputation to match his good looks.
By Starcraft, Mr Vadim was left an entire such was his reputation and early trial wins only inflated his growing reputation.
However he quickly fell out of favour after some headstrong performances which left connections and punters out of pocket.
Leading owner Eddie Rigg sent the now gelding to Peter Fernie and in six starts in Kalgoorlie he has won three which could be four after losing a race in the steward’s room to Maybe Us.
“When he got here he didn’t want to be a race horse. I’ve just dropped his work load and left the rest to Russell Hanson. Rusty has made all of the difference with him-that’s why I didn’t claim on Sunday.”
“He is a really good horse and will go on with it down the track.”