Queen of the Desert victory for Albany jockey Casey Hunter

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Jockey Casey Hunter returns to scale after her victory on Roughly.
Camera IconJockey Casey Hunter returns to scale after her victory on Roughly. Credit: Nikki Westover Photography

There was success for Albany jockey Casey Hunter on Alice Spring Turf Club’s biggest race day of the season.

After a fruitful stint in Alice Springs last year, Hunter, 25, has returned to the Northern Territory to ride home a winner on Sunday while also producing a strong run in the $70,000 Ladbrokes Alice Springs Cup (2000m).

The senior hoop guided Roughly to victory in the TDC Refrigeration Queen Of The Desert (1200m) event for trainer Carly Cook.

The seven-year-old mare ran second at her last start and jumped an $8 chance on Sunday, but Hunter was too strong in the finish as they won by more than a length.

Roughly had to do plenty of work from barrier seven but eventually got outside the leader and then sprinted clear in the final 200m.

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In the feature race of the day, Hunter was on board roughie Doon Buggy ($81 chance) for trainer Russell Bell. They drew the outside barrier in the field of 11 but landed in the money, settling last before a long sustained run helped them finish fifth, beaten just over five lengths by the winner Lotion.

Earlier in the day Hunter ran fourth Olivares and $91 chance Carrie Ann. She has two winners at Pioneer Park this year.

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