Jockey climbs back in the saddle
DIMINUTIVE apprentice jockey Kayla Cross continued her successful comeback to the saddle from serious injuries she suffered in a horrific track work accident at Callaghan Park in early March when she landed a winning treble at Middlemount last Saturday.
She returned to race riding at Dingo on July 23 after more than four months on the sidelines and celebrated the occasion with a winning double. In Middlemount she came within a neck of riding four winners on the five-race card.
The $3.80 chance, Princess Vella, got Cross off to a winning start for the day when she led from “barrier to box” in the opening event, the 1000m Class B Handicap. Princess Vella recorded a winning margin of four-and-a-half lengths over the $2.40 favourite, Warrior Della Sera and Bossy Boots($3.50).
In the Class 4 Handicap over 1000m Cross was aboard the Glenda Bell-trained $3.50 equal favourite Monashee Star which came with a stout finishing burst but was just not able to reel in Howatch ($4). Winning margin was a long neck with a further length-and-a-quarter back to one of the other equal favourites Exalted Mollie.
Fifteen-year-old apprentice jockey Joshua King also had a day to remember.
He landed his third lifetime winner at his 27th race ride when Cam’s Magic ($5) just lasted to defeat Ray Joan ($4) and the $3.20 favourite, Stansavanna in the 1000m Maiden Plate. Joshua is the son of well known trainer Norma King and only commenced riding in races on July 2.
Kayla Cross and $10 outsider Gold War provided an upset result in the 1200m 2011 Middlemount Cup when they flew the start and got out to lead by five lengths coming to the turn. However the early effort took its toll and although Gold War was tiring noticeably over the concluding stages he just got home over Jyi’s Prospect ($4) and the $3 favourite Beau De Lago.
In the final event, the 1200m Class 2 Handicap Cross gave the Ron Higginbotham trained Charmingly ($3.50) the run of the race on the fence behind the leaders and when she asked him for an effort at the top of the straight he had plenty to offer and darted clear to win by five-and-a-half lengths from Blumberg ($9) and Shot Bar ($6).
The next race meeting in this area will be at Pioneer Park Emerald on August 20.