Warwick rides a ripper
Myalup jockey Lucy Warwick produced one of her best rides this spring to help Love Always ($2.60) break her maiden status at the Bunbury Turf Club today.
The three-year-old filly missed the jump from the gate and looked too far behind in eighth at the turn, before finding another gear on the straight and powering past the pack with 200m to go.
Love Always finished just half-a-length ahead of Everything’s Sweet to win the $15,000 Mazins Diamond Jewellers Maiden (1410m) and claim her first win from seven starts.
Warwick said she was worried that the Brett Pope-trained filly had missed her opportunity after the poor start.
“I was confident down the straight but it was a bit iffy,” she said.
“She was fidgety and wanted to turn around and missed it (the jump) by half-a-length.
“But as soon as I gave her a kick with the spurs and asked for an effort, she toed up into it.
“Hopefully she wins them a few more races.
“She didn’t feel like I thought she would, but I tried not to panic and let her tell me where she wants to be, which was obviously at the back.”
Warwick was not as lucky in the $15,000 Total Tools Maiden (1008) when she and Salsa Cubana were passed by Troy Turner and winner Fancy Street ($3.50).
The three-year-old filly was second up and looked solid after hugging the railing from the turn to grab a fantastic win.
Boyanup trainer Alanis O’Hara grabbed her maiden 2017-18 provincial victory when Light the Fuse ($7.50) won the $15,000 Step One Homes Maiden (1108m).
Veteran jockey Will White rode the four-year-old mare well from barrier eight to win by more than a length from Brett Pope’s Lies in Disguise.
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