Willow River finds her flow
New stable acquisition Willow River has made a winning start to her time in the Great Southern for trainer Rebecca Wallrodt, scoring by one length in Albany last Friday, which was part of a treble to jockey Jason Whiting.
Willow River was transferred from the stables of Jim Taylor after four starts and thrived in her Albany debut, settling midfield before pouncing in the home straight to beat Loki in the USG Boral Maiden (1100m).
Whiting timed his run to perfection with the three-year-old filly that was placed twice over 930m in Narrogin before failing to figure in Geraldton last month.
Wallrodt said the performance was encouraging in a small field but hinted she may be spelled soon to continue maturing.
“Off her form, no (I didn’t think she could win) but she’d been going well for me,” Wallrodt said on the victory.
“On form, it was hard to see her improving that much. I’ve only had her about two weeks, so it’s been more like a little freshen-up and just try and quieten her down a bit.
“She’s pretty immature and will have one or two more runs and then head to the paddock.
“She probably learnt a lot from the (win) and moving forward will only improve but hopefully she can mature further.” Whiting moved to 14 wins in the Great Southern this season after notching a winning treble on the seven-race card.
He saluted on So Great in the opening event for Mt Barker trainer Dave Hopperton and then Willow River in the next race.
Progressive type Magic Opus made it back-to-back wins in Albany after nailing Pasajero in a close photo finish to the Amity Motors Handicap (1230m), with Whiting aboard.
Magic Opus jumped up in class and carried an extra half a kilo but was too strong in the end.
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