All Man continues top duo’s run
All Man has continued Esperance trainer Helen Harding’s strong season, with an impressive win at Albany’s Percy Spencer Racecourse on Friday.
Harding and Albany jockey Natasha Faithfull were recognised as leading trainer and jockey respectively during the Esperance season that ended recently and they teamed up to win the Waratah Handicap (1910m) in good fashion.
The five-year-old gelding was narrowly beaten last start at Esperance but settled midfield before powering home in the straight to down Mygirlfrankie by two lengths in a third career win.
Harding has trained 16 provincial winners this season and said All Man had been racing well.
“All Man was very unlucky not to win at Esperance the previous week, so I was very confident he would win,” Harding said.
“I will continue to travel to Albany for the rest of the season along with Kalgoorlie, as the Esperance season has finished.
“Tash and I have had a great season going leading jockey and trainer, and hopefully our success will continue.”
Albany trainer Peter Western ended a frustrating run of minor placings when Lord Kronos broke through impressively on Friday.
This season Western recorded seven second placings and two thirds but now has that elusive win after Lord Kronos sat near the speed and then burst clear in the home straight to win the FMC Overwatch Handicap (1500m) by more than a length.
Jockey Jade McNaught gave the seven-year-old a beautiful ride and Western was pleased to finally break the luckless run.
“We had a slow start running a few placings, so it’s good to get a winner,” he said.
“I thought he was a winning chance after his two previous starts.
“Lord Kronos had problems earlier with the hard tracks, we had a bit of rain prior to running second two starts back, since then he has done well.”
“Miss Pins and Magic Opus are probably not far off winning either.”
Lord Kronos was the second leg of a double for McNaught after booting home promising type Lady Nobel for trainer Jason Miller in race 2.
Apprentice jockey Kate Southam was fined $300 for failing to ride her mount out in race 5 while Faithfull received a $200 fine in the same race for the same charge.
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