Payne claims double

January 26, 2018

Michelle Payne’s training career is gaining momentum as she embarks on her final year as a jockey.

She trained two winners at Ararat on Sunday, Silver Pathfinder ($4.80) and $20 outsider De Kurnell.

Both were ridden by Jordan Childs.

Payne won the 2015 Melbourne Cup on Prince Of Panzance and now holds a trainer/jockey licence.

She said it seemed reasonable to make this her final year as a jockey.

Then she could concentrate fully on building up her racing team at Ballarat.

Ararat doubles were also posted by trainers Darren Weir and Paul Preusker and apprentice Tahlia Hope.


The Randwick meeting on Saturday produced two horses to follow over the next few months.

First starter Estijaab won the Two Year-Old Plate (1000m) by four lengths.

The filly led from an outside barrier and was not extended to increase the margin in the closing stages.

The Snitzel-Responce two year-old trained by Team Hawkes was a $1.7 million yearling.

D’Argento returned from a spell to win the Benchmark 76 (1300m) for three year-olds.

The Chris Waller trained colt won at Newcastle and Rosehill at his only two starts in his first preparation.

Kopi Luwak, second in the Class 2 Highway Handicap (1400m), is another worth following.

He won a Moruya Maiden last start but was burdened with 59kg topweight on Saturday, conceding 6kg to the winner, stablemate Acquittal.


Follow - Estijaab: Looked well above average in Randwick win at her first start.


Coming winners: Belfast followed Bairnsdale Maiden win with impressive win at Pakenham.

Bedford is consistent and showed staying promise in Caulfield 2000m win.

Weapon resumed from a spell for decisive victory in Ballarat Maiden.

Kopi Luwak has had only three starts and is sure to be fitter after second at Randwick.

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