They each trained a winner at Hawkesbury last Wednesday, and repeated the dose at Cessnock yesterday. And in both cases, each trainer’s winners were ridden by the same jockey.
It’s been a terrific few days for Hawkesbury trainers Scott Singleton and Mitchell Kearney.
Singleton scored with promising filly Concessions at home last week and with Celtic Diamond at Cessnock. Both are daughters of the stallion Tickets, and Jess Taylor partnered them.
Kearney’s home track success was with Lily’s Little Girl and he followed up by winning with his consistent mare Final Trick at Cessnock. Blaike McDougall was aboard both horses.
Singleton notched his 18th winner of the season – his best was 34 in 2014-15 – when Celtic Diamond ($12) ran her rivals off their legs in the Class 2 Handicap (1570m).
Racing in a nose roll, Celtic Diamond quickly found the front and was never threatened.
She easily beat Dreaming Diamonds ($8.50) and Sahara Strike ($5).
Celtic Diamond had finished only eighth at Orange in late December and Singleton was thrilled to get her back into the winning list.
“She has always shown a lot, but hasn’t always been genuine, she's been doing a few things wrong,” Singleton said.
“I put her back on the water walker after the Orange race and tried to switch her on.
“I’m happy for the guys who race her as they have been big supporters of mine.”
Kearney clinched the sixth success of his brief training career when Final Trick ($2.80 favorite) gamely won the Class 3 Handicap (1150m).
After being pressured in the lead by Nick’s Best ($4) and being headed in the straight, she fought back tenaciously to edge that horse out on the post.
Kearney’s breakthrough came with Silk Spun at Hawkesbury in July 2014 but it has been Final Trick who has really elevated him into the spotlight.
The mare had not won in 20 starts when Kearney’s wife Desiree bought her for $1000. She has now won four races including a protest victory at Bathurst last February to launch her career.
“She is very tough and has a good will to win,” Kearney said.
“Her work last week had been good and the inside barrier was undoubtedly a big help.
“I think it’s the first time since we’ve had the mare that she has drawn a good gate.”
Winning rider McDougall is confident there are more successes ahead for the Kearneys with Final Trick.
“She is racing so well over the shorter journeys whilst she is fresh but I feel she will get further,” he said.
“I’m confident she will manage 1400m this preparation.”