Gelding on track after Casino Cup win
JOCKEY Emily Kehoe planted a big kiss on Trick On Track after piloting the $4 chance to a three-quarter- length win in the $25,000 Casino RSM Club Casino Cup (1400m) yesterday.
It was Kehoe's third win from four starts aboard the Gary Nielsen-trained gelding, and on-track racing commentators praised her for the ride in front of 500 spectators.
But the modest apprentice insisted the kudos go to the horse and showed her appreciation with a smooch on the neck as she dismounted.
“It is always the horse (who wins the race),” Kehoe said modestly.
“The jockey can ride them and the trainer can prepare them really well for the race. But at the end of the day the horse has to want to win... so I am always appreciative of it when they do.”
Trick On Track jumped well from the outside barrier and Kehoe took him to the front early.
“The outside barrier was our biggest concern” trainer Gary Nielsen said.
“But she steadied and they left him. I was pleased they didn't take him on.
“Emily had an excellent ride. She did everything I asked including giving him a rest at times.”
Kehoe led into the straight and held off Alifly ($8) in second with Mohawk ($3.50 favourite) a nose back in third.
“It's a testing 1400 metres,” Kehoe said after claiming her first trophy.
“I got him to the front and was able to give him a nice rest to the straight and then he found plenty.”
Mr Nielsen travelled to Casino earlier in the week and walked the track to make sure it wouldn't be too hard for his seven-year-old.
“He's an old horse and has some problems in his joints,” he said.
“I just came out to check the track.”