Daring front-running ride guides Albany jockey Natasha Faithfull and Marxian to victory in Carnarvon Cup

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Albany jockey Natasha Faithfull won the Carnarvon Cup.
Camera IconAlbany jockey Natasha Faithfull won the Carnarvon Cup. Credit: Cameron Newbold

Albany jockey Natasha Faithfull has claimed the $60,000 Carnarvon Cup (2000m), steering Marxian to a blistering victory in the dirt feature race on Saturday.

It was Faithfull’s only winner of the day but her daring front-running ride paid off.

The Graeme Hammarquist-trained Marxian jumped well from barrier seven, and Faithfull allowed her mount to roll forward early on.

Marxian opened up a gap on the field, setting a frantic pace in front, and led by six lengths at the top of the straight before powering clear to win by 8.2 lengths in a remarkable sprint home.

Faithfull saluted to the crowd as she crossed the line after blowing her rivals away.

The Albany jockey was also crowned the Jockey of the Year at the meeting.

Meanwhile, Albany trainer Jonathon Jachmann also tasted success at the meeting, winning the first race with Ricky’s Ora.

The Albany gelding broke through at start 14, winning by just over a length.

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