Girl's Day Out At Nowra
Women were associated with all seven winners – either as trainers or jockeys – at Nowra on Sunday.
Hawkesbury trainers Wendy Haynes and Brooke Somers were amongst them on what was truly a real girl’s day out.
Fittingly Haynes and Somers won with females and gear changes also played an important part in their results.
Haynes scored with Orpentiva, a four-year-old-old mare and the only horse she has in work.
Somers won with three-year-old filly Repentant.
Fellow Hawkesbury trainer Scott Singleton must have felt like the odd man out when he won the final event with Celtic Diamond but even his win had a strong female influence as Jess Taylor was the winning rider.
Orpentiva , ridden by Peter Wells, was having only her fourth start when she finished too strongly for favorite Tearaway Charlie in the Maiden Plate (1600m).
A daughter of Magic Albert, she did not race as a two and three-year-old. Her first three starts were all on provincial tracks and she relished both the addition of blinkers and the step up to 1600m.
Orpentiva is a sister to seven-times winner Straight Albert, who won from 1400m to 2100m.
“Orpentiva has always shown plenty of ability, and the blinkers have switched her on,” Haynes said. “She is tough and she tries.
“I’ll see how she pulls up, but she might go for a little break now.”
Somers, who has 16 horses in work, was thrilled with Paul King’s winning ride on Repentant in the Maiden Plate (1100m).
“What a ride,” Somers said. “He rode her exactly as we had planned.
“He came and rode her work last Tuesday morning and was confident she would run well.”
Repentant had been placed at two of three recent provincial starts and, like Orpentiva, appreciated the drop back to country company.
Repentant finished gamely to lead home a Hawkesbury quinella, relegating the Jason Attard-trained Elusive Filly to second placing.
Singleton made it a Hawkesbury treble when Celtic Diamond made it two wins from her last three starts.
A four-year-old mare by Tickets, she was also successful at Cessnock on January 29 in a C2 Handicap (1570m).
Celtic Diamond narrowly beat Axion and another Hawkesbury representative Eerised, a member of Mitchell Kearney’s team.
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