Hawkesbury trainers are really on a roll! Brooke Somers notched Hawkesbury’s sixth winner in five days when successful with lightly-raced filly Repentant ($7) at Scone on Tuesday.
She began training only at the start of the season, and already has a city success ($51 chance I Am Magnificent at Warwick Farm on November 23) to her credit.
Left: Hawkesbury-trained Repentant (Paul King) after a recent Nowra win. Image by - Bradley Photographers
Hawkesbury’s run began last Friday when Scott Singleton, Gerald Ryan and Mitchell Kearney all won races at Goulburn and Jason Attard scored at Newcastle on the first full meeting on the new Broadmeadow course proper.
Additionally, he finished third with Kellyville Flyer ($26) in the Group 3 Newcastle Newmarket (1400m).
Nick Mitchell also finished third with Dream Lane in the $150,000 Provincial Championships Qualifier (transferred from Gosford last Wednesday to Saturday’s Rosehill Gardens Golden Slipper program), providing him with another chance at landing the $400,000 final to be run at Royal Randwick on April 8.
Mike Van Gestel continued Hawkesbury’s momentum when successful with Cheeky Bella at Orange on Monday.
Somers notched the fourth win of her fledgling career when Repentant was successful in the Benchmark 55 Handicap (1100m), defying all challenges to run her down over the last 200m. The Lope De Vega three-year-old had broken through in a Nowra Maiden Plate (1100m) on February 26, and did a good job to take the next step today in higher grade.
Repentant was given a perfect ride by Paul King – who has been associated with three of Somers’s four wins – and would not surrender, staving off Strathaird ($6.50) and $4.60 favourite Ultima Fantasy.
King also scored on Repentant at Nowra and partnered Somers’ first winner, I Am Capitan, at Wyong on October 16 last year. Josh Parr was aboard I Am Magnificent in his Warwick Farm victory at bolter’s odds.
Somers understandably paid tribute to King, whom she said gave Repentant a “great ride”. She has 14 horses in work at Hawkesbury, and says there is room for more.
“And I will be at the Inglis Easter yearling sales next month if anyone would like to buy me a horse,” she added.