In ‘10 goal breeze conditions’ apprentice female rider Jerry Noske was able to shine, producing a winning double and two seconds at Belmont on August 31.
Noske was successful aboard De Jersey (1000m) and Woken (1600m) in the third and fourth races, respectively.
The Fred Kersley trained De Jersey opened her winning account in her seventh race start by finishing powerfully from the rear to down Flying Zoe (William Pike) with August Knight (Ben Paterson) third.
Backed in from $8-$5, and carrying only 52kg, De Jersey clearly finished better than anything else although Flying Zoe, racing first-up since March 30, lost no friends with her stout-hearted performance with topweight of 58kg.
Pike thought about protesting as the winner rolled in on his filly in the concluding stages. However after viewing the patrol film the top rider did not follow through with an objection.
Noske rode a different type of race to score on Woken, being the pacemaker throughout on the Lindsey Smith trained galloper. Star of Husson (Peter Knuckey) was doing his best work at the finish to press the winner to a long neck. Western Tom was third with Jerry’s brother, Jarrad Noske, in the saddle.
Down the back of the course horses were racing into the strong breeze but Woken was fit and enjoys the role of pacemaker. His three successes have all come from free-wheeling out in front.
However, there were advantages in finding cover as Chris Parnham and Ben Paterson revealed in the first two races on Pure Adrenalin and Keepers Court, respectively.
Parnham who was tucked up beautifully in fifth position on Pure Adrenalin, behind Noske on It’s A Merc, stayed on the rails and outsprinted his rival in the run home. Hurritdanz (Mitchell Pateman) was third in that 1000m sprint where the breeze was blowing on their off (right) side until the turn.
Paterson’s ride was even better. He gave quality galloper When We Were Kings (Dan Staeck), with his big weight of 60kg, no chance of catching Keepers Court by taking off from third to skip clear upon straightening for home. Jerry Noske, on New Time, was a distant third.
Veteran trainer Fred Kersley landed an impressive double when On The Ropes, given a copybook ride by Daniel Staeck, moved off the rails, on the turn, from fifth position, to a crushing four length victory in the Irish Day Handicap (1400m). Topper’s Halo (Jason Whiting) finished strongly, from well back, for second, just ahead of Closing Time (Ben Paterson).
Noske also had to play second fiddle, on Lee Rani, when So Symbolic (Daniel Ganderton) ran them down in the home straight to win the sixth race, over 1200m.
So Symbolic was having his first start in WA for trainer Simon Miller and has only been out of the money on one occasion in eight starts. The former NSW galloper has won four times from eight starts.
Miller also claimed third with Ron’s Call in this race.
Other winners on the day included, Suribachi (Jason Brown), for trainer Liz Strempel, and the Michael Grant trained Looking Ahead (Jason Whiting).