Four of the best for red-hot Lucy
Senior jockey Lucy Warwick equalled her career-best effort in the saddle after riding four winners at the first meeting held at Percy Spencer Racecourse this season on Sunday afternoon.
Warwick had ridden four winners on three previous occasions, as a claiming apprentice at Ascot and Pinjarra, and then at Belmont, where she rode four winners for her father Justin in 2016.
The 20-year-old can now add Albany to that list after her brilliant day in the saddle, riding more than half of the card after success aboard Everything’s Sweet, Big Caroline, Our Buddy Boy and Babble.
The most impressive of her four winners was the Rebecca Wallrodt-trained Our Buddy Boy, who brained his rivals in the $30,000 Tabtouch Regional Championship The Road To Ascot heat (1230m).
Starting a $12 chance, Our Buddy Boy jumped to the front from barrier 13 and dictated terms in running before kicking clear in the home straight. The six-year-old had a cosy run in front throughout and powered to the line, recording a slashing 4¾ length win over $2.60 favourite Captivated Point to book a place in the championship final at Ascot on November 26.
“From barrier 13, that was a big effort,” Wallrodt said.
“We will definitely look at the final, providing he pulls up fine as it’s only two weeks away.
“He is better this year, a lot happier and bit more relaxed and he did it hard first-up.
“I didn’t expect him to win like that.”
Earlier Warwick guided red-hot fancy Everything’s Sweet to victory in the Aqua Ice Maiden (1450m), the Daniel and Ben Pearce-trained filly downing Bentley’s Brother by 1¼ lengths.
Daniel Pearce said his youngster, who ran eighth in the Group 3 Gimcrack Stakes (1100m) as a two-year-old, was well bred and had a bright future ahead.
Big Caroline beat a small field in race 3 and Babble won his third career race to round out Warwick’s big day in the saddle.
“It’s very nice to jump on some good horses,” Warwick said.
“I thought my first one was definitely a winner and I probably didn’t do much form, but they were all good especially the last two from wide draws.”
Wallrodt also finished with her first training double after maiden galloper Scandalily won impressively for hoop Peter Hall despite being caught wide in the Hybla Tavern Maiden (1100m).
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