Jockey Natasha Faithfull claims Meekatharra Cup after smart mid-race move aboard Poppies

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Natasha Faithfull on Armed And Ready.
Camera IconNatasha Faithfull on Armed And Ready. Credit: Ian Munro

Albany jockey Natasha Faithfull has claimed the $10,000 Meekatharra Cup (1850m), steering Poppies to a blistering victory in the dirt feature race on Saturday.

It was Faithfull’s only winner of the day but her daring mid-race move paid off on the horse that ran second in the Mt Magnet Cup last weekend.

Faithfull has claimed three dirt cup victories in the past month, including the Junction Cup on Armed And Ready, to continue her strong season in the north-west of WA.

The Jacquelyn Scott-trained Poppies jumped well from the outside barrier in the small field of four, and Faithfull allowed her mount to roll forward to sit outside the leader.

Just before the 1000m mark, Faithfull took Poppies to a clear lead and they opened up a margin of nearly five lengths turning for home before skipping clear to win by 9.3 lengths.

Meanwhile promising three-year-old Let’sDeal ran second at Belmont at his second career start for Albany trainer Steve Wolfe and Shaun McGruddy, beaten by a length on Saturday.

Wolfe’s Bragwell ran home strongly when resuming from a spell to finish second while boom youngster Watch Me Dance ran last in the Listed $125,000 Black Heart Bart Stakes.

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