By Brenton Le Grand
Local trainer Fred Cowell has engaged former Queensland-based hoop Amelia Denby for her first provincial ride in New South Wales at Gosford this Thursday.
Denby [pictured below] will pilot the ultra-honest Sojournist who is lining up in the XXXX Gold F&M Class 1 Handicap over 1200m, as she looks to kick-start her riding career in the state.
This Stratum mare has amazingly never finished further back than fifth in her 11-start career to date, and looks set to continue her consistent run of picking up prizemoney cheques for her ownership group.
Having had only one win but eight placings, she simply doesn’t know how to run a bad race, and you’d love a stable full of her.
After riding a lot of recent trackwork at Gosford, Denby gets a further opportunity later in the day aboard Social Pirate for another local trainer Tony Newing in the closing Tab.com.au Benchmark 70 Handicap over 1000m.
It’s the invasion of interstate jockeys on Thursday, as Victorian-based rider Noel Callow heads to The Entertainment Grounds atop three handy chances. Callow has been in red-hot form of late, with five wins in his last 11 rides and a strike rate of 20% across his last 50. His best hope looks to be SayCanYouSee in the De Bortoli Wines CG&E Class 1 Handicap over 1200m.
The Tooheys Class 2 Handicap opens the eight-race card, and shapes up to be an interesting watch. Kris Lees has his very promising three-year-old Furore up over the more gruelling journey of 1900m.
The Australian Bloodstock-owned Pierro gelding has won his only two starts over 1257m and 1570m, and looks to be quite a handy stayer in the making.
He was dominant at Cessnock a fortnight ago saluting by over four lengths when odds-on, and will look to continue the picket fence on Thursday with bigger fish to fry during the autumn carnival With almost $250,000 in prizemoney on offer, it looks set to be a competitive day's racing.
If you wish to get along to the races this Thursday, hospitality packages are now available in the Panorama Lounge. They are $70 per member or $90 for non-members and include a three-course gold-plated menu (entree, main and cheese platter), racecourse entry and a racebook. Gates open at 12pm with the first race scheduled for 1:15pm.
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