Carlin Road salutes in Narrogin to hand Albany-raised Indianna Weinert her first winner as a trainer

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Trainer Indianna Weinert had her first winner with Carlin Road on Saturday.
Camera IconTrainer Indianna Weinert had her first winner with Carlin Road on Saturday. Credit: Justin Benson-Cooper/The West Australian

Albany-raised horsewoman Indianna Weinert secured her first winner as a trainer when Carlin Road stormed home to win in Narrogin on Saturday afternoon.

Weinert became the youngest trainer in WA when she was granted her licence to train thoroughbreds on September 1 and it has taken just over three months to get on the winners’ list.

She has only a small stable of eight horses in her name and had six starts between Able Star and Carlin Road before the latter saluted in the TABtouch Stream Racing Live Maiden Handicap (1100m).

Ridden by Albany jockey Natasha Faithfull, Carlin Road settled worse than midfield in running and raced wide from the 600m but sprinted home strongly to edge out Cheddar Bob by a half-head on the line.

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Carlin Road started a $3 favourite in the field of eight and broke his maiden status at start No.10 after minor placings at Belmont and Northam since joining Weinert’s stable.

Weinert, 24, said it was a huge thrill to train her first winner so early in her career.

“I was jumping with excitement alongside my parents who came to support me, I could not stop smiling the whole afternoon, even in the car ride home,” Weinert said.

“The win took some weight of my shoulders.

“I’m just lucky enough that it happened so early in my career and I hope there is plenty more to come.

“Carlin Road has been a very fun and easy horse for me to train which has made it so enjoyable.”

The win was part of a massive week for Faithful in the saddle, the senior jockey riding winning doubles in Esperance, Narrogin on Saturday and then Geraldton on Sunday.

She also rode a winner at last Thursday’s program in Pinjarra.

Meanwhile at Ascot on Saturday, Albany trainer Steve Wolfe had success with The Spruiker.

The Spruiker chalked up his eighth win in 14 career starts after sprinting home from seventh on the home turn to defeat Chantorque by 0.4 lengths.

The talented four-year-old started jumped a $10 chance on tote and was slow into stride but jockey Shaun McGruddy got the best out of him late to add another win to his name.

Earlier in the day Wolfe’s Millivoy, who won a maiden in Albany on December 10, ran a brave third in the $125,000 Westspeed Platinum Sires Stakes (1200m) for three-year-olds, beaten less than a length.

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