Natasha Faithfull said the most pleasing aspect of her career-high performance at Kalgoorlie last weekend was being able to repay the faith of trainer Steve Wolfe.
The talented apprentice booted home three winners for the leading Great Southern trainer: Korolenko, Miss Legacy and stable newcomer Alvares.
The diminutive rider just missed out on a fourth win when Midnight Touch finished a short-head second to Morsecodian after making up major ground from the back of the field.
“He was really pleased with the way I rode,” said Faithfull.
“It’s not often he gives me a compliment so I’ll take it happily.
“I appreciate the trust he placed on me with good horses on a big day.
“I’m glad I didn’t muck it up for him.”
Korolenko broke through to score his first win from five starts when he led all the way to upset the odds on favourite Boneshaker over 1400m.
“I have always liked the horse since I did a lot of work with him as a two-year-old,” said Faithfull.
“He has always given me a good feel and I think he is now looking for the mile.”
Alvares, racing first up for the Wolfe stable, run home strongly from near seventh at the turn and won convincingly by one length from Keg Mouse.
The win not only caught punters by surprise but also Faithfull.
“I was really shocked by the result,” said Faithfull.
“He has got some ability coming from Lindsey Smith but he had never won over 950m and was first up over 1300m.
“He can tend to over race but I snagged him behind the speed where he settled beautifully before he flew home.”
Faithfull’s Kalgoorlie treble boosted her tally to 10 wins for the season including three at metropolitan level.
Faithfull landed a double at Belmont Park on August 18 following victories to Terminado and Times Are Changing.
She is currently equal third with Renee Forrest and four behind Ben Paterson in the Leading Apprentice of the Year title.