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Payne claims double

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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.

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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.

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

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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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