Rusty and Diamond Dominate The Day by The Gurkha
It is not too often the senior jockeys dominate race days at the KBRC but Russell Hanson with a treble and Dan Staeck with a double did just that last Sunday.
Staeck book ended the meeting with a faultless display on Wheatbelt Swallow and brilliant exhibition to get Two Strong Hearts home in the last.
Staeck a former Goldfields boy loves coming back to Kalgoorlie to ride and again showed his liking for the local track.
Hanson continued on from his top form of recent weeks and his treble of winners were just reward for the veteran jockey.
He gave Magna Cat every chance just following the speed, before leading all of the way on Easy Rider for Rod Kirkup and his clever ride on Goose.
With six winners in the past three meetings, Hanson is now equal second on the Office National Leading Jockey award behind Misty Bazeley on 21 wins.
He will have the pick of the rides from the powerful Justine Erkelens stable and maybe thundering home at the end of the season in an attempt to win his fourth jockeys premiership.
Fernie Doubles Up
Leading trainer Peter Fernie improved to 26 winners for the season, seven more than his nearest rival Dean Nazzari after he prepared Wheatbelt Swallow to success in the Kambalda Volunteer Fire Brigade Maiden (1100m) and Two Strong Hearts to score a narrow but decisive win in the Barstow Mining Handicap (1300m).
“It was another good day at the office. Wheatbelt Swallow just came to my stable a week ago and he won well. He is only a young horse and Dan thought his effort was full of promise.”
“Two Strong Hearts had worked very well during the week and we were confident of forward showing-thanks to Daniel for two special rides.”
“I thought Mr Vadim was a bit unlucky-I would’ve preferred Russell to have taken the sit behind Sonny Biscay. He toughed it out really well but we will not be going toward the Hannan’s now.”
“Morsecodian and Side Car will start in the Boulder Cup, Wookah and Sonny Biscay will be our Hannan’s Handicap runners.”
“I expect to start Screaming Plum, Don’t Park, Bet On Faith and Wheatbelt Swallow next Sunday if they all draw well and look winning chances.”