by Brad Best
Wonderful Woolamai farewelled spring in style on Saturday with a competitive six-race program giving punters plenty of value and entertainment. With big fields and many first-up starters, keen form students were kept busy throughout the afternoon, analysing and reanalysing form guides and horoscopes with unashamed intensity.
It was a day to savour for Angela Bence as she become the first jockey this season to pick up a treble. The first of her three wins came in the opening race of the day on board Nereus. In a daring ride, Bence pulled clear well before the home straight before holding on gamely to win by three-quarters of a length from the fast-finishing Wayne’s Command. Bence picked up her second win in race four, weaving her way through the field on $8 chance Out Of Dubai to score in a tight three-horse finish. She completed her hat-trick in the final race of the day, storming home down the middle of the track on board twelve-year-old Haka Brave to wrap up a memorable day for the talented apprentice.
In other races, the jockey/trainer combination of Adam Bodey and Adam Bodey again proved a masterstroke when the veteran jockey kicked clear in the straight aboard Kernel to take out race two. In the third, another seasoned campaigner, the evergreen Debbie Waymouth, took the reins of Caffe Coupez and dominated the TJ Memorial Ladies Bracelet Handicap, scoring by an amazing eight lengths. In the most exciting finish of the day, Matthew Corbisiero timed his run to perfection in the fifth, storming home late on board promising galloper Jackorelli Girl to pip Floatlikabutterfly at the post.