RIDING doubles to Will Gordon and apprentice Tatum Bull highlighted a competitive day of thoroughbred racing at Hamilton on Tuesday.
Gordon continued his solid form on local tracks with winners for trainers, Lindsey Smith and Paul Koumis.
Deep Encounter for Smith and Filip’s Star for Koumis were both comfortable winning rides for Gordon, the former starting odds-on, while the latter defeated odds-on favourite, Desired.
In a more dedicated approach to flat riding, the talented jumps jockey currently sits in the top 20 riders across country Victoria with 22 winners.
Contrary to the ease of Gordon’s wins, Bull had to use all her strength to bring home her double.
The Wrangler under strong riding kicked back to hold out Rockstar Dreams to win the The Pet Food Shop Hamilton BM58 Handicap over 1209m, while later in the day, Zancada stormed home for a narrow but decisive win in the Café Gray BM58 Handicap over 1609m.
Ironically, in a bittersweet moment for the talented apprentice, Zancada defeated the Paul Preusker trained Till It’s Over.
Bull does most of the mare’s trackwork, indentured to the Horsham-based mentor.
Not many meetings go by without Dean Yendall riding a winner.
No exceptions once again, with the veteran hoop punching home the Mick Price and Michael Kent Jnr trained favourite, Guaranteed.
The win denied father-son combination, Austy and Harry Coffey, victory with Boga Dreams and an early family wedding present.
Fresh from his third Ararat Cup win on Sunday, Harry gets married next weekend.
Local trainer, Jess Constantine, should not have to wait long to find the winner’s stall with Bajraktari after a strong second placing behind Hauter in the Walkers Earthworks Maiden Plate over 1209m.
After leading well into the home straight, the five-year-old gelding fought on well to go under by two lengths.
Declan Bates rode the winner for Ballarat trainer, Archie Alexander.
The long road trip to contest the Lawn Pride Legends BM58 Handicap over 1409m, paid dividends for Mornington trainer, Matt Laurie.
A well-timed run by Lachlan Niendorf enabled Deel Blaster to nab Battle Master in a driving finish.
The son of Dundeel was very good in winning with the big weight of 63kgs.
Racing in the district goes to Dunkeld on Saturday, followed by the Penshurst Cup on November 20.