Punt to Win
Important jockey changes are often free tips from the Stable that the horse is set to win.
Let's see how jockey changes alerted some punters to money making opportunities last Saturday.
At Rosehill 2YO colt Wrong Call was having its second start. Three weeks earlier, Larry Cassidy had the ride. Starting from barrier five, the colt was four wide throughout on debut in a 2YO Listed race. Despite the very tough run, Wrong Call battled gamely and finished fourth in the field of 10.
But last Saturday, in a 2YO Open, one of the best hoops in the business, Corey Brown, was Wrong Call's jockey. Corey Brown is a noted "money" jockey. He lands plenty of plunges. The money came for Wrong Call, who was heavily backed from $4.20 into $3.00.
The money was right. Wrong Call was too classy, and had a soft win by two lengths.
In the last of the day at Rosehill 7YO gelding Leg Irons was entered, having been brought to the city by Taree country trainer Alicia Willick. This gelding was in sparkling form with three straight wins this campaign, and was at peak fitness after those three runs. Darren Beadman was given the ride and won, with Leg Irons also firming a little in the betting from $7.50 to $6.50.
Proud Native was a fast finishing seventh of 16 in the big 1400 metres Magic Millions Cup run at the Gold Coast on January 8. In that race Proud Native missed the start, then also covered ground. But at Eagle Farm last Saturday Zac Purton, one of the best jockeys around, replaced Jason Taylor as Proud Native's jockey. Proud Native was too good. The money also came, with the 4YO gelding backed from $2.00 to $1.80 with the Brisbane bookmakers.
What about Power Hunt? On January 2, at the Sunshine Coast, from barrier six Chris Spry had the 5YO gelding three wide and without cover. Power Hunt finished fourth of 13. Power Hunt, a classy conveyance with the outstanding record of eight wins and four seconds from just 17 starts was then entered in a restricted handicap at Eagle Farm. Leading Brisbane hoop Stathi Katsidis was given the ride. In the bookmaker betting Power Hunt was firm at $3.50 and had a nice win.
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