Quirindi Cup Win Caps Big Day For Perry and King
Top Newcastle trainer Paul Perry enjoyed a day out with four winners at the Quirindi Cup meeting on Friday including the feature race with Secret Web.
Secret Web snared the winning quadrella for Perry and gave his rider Rachel King a winning jockey for the stable when he surged to a gritty win in the $40,000 Akubra Quirindi Cup (1600m).
Perry, who has now won four Quirindi Cups, also won with the two-year-old Mr Grumpy, The Graft and Time Stripper. Rachel King rode both Mr Grumpy and The Graft.
Secret Web was ridden a treat by King, an accomplished English girl who has enjoyed great success since she started riding in Australia.
The 26-year-old has been in Australia for three years but has been riding in races for only 12 months.
“I’ve ridden about 45 winners this season and I’m leading the NSW apprentices premiership, so it’s been a good season,” King said.
King is apprenticed to Gai Waterhouse and Anthony Bott at Randwick but rides regularly at country meetings.
“Paul Perry was one of the first outside trainers to give me a go,” she said. “He has been very good to me.
“I think I’ve ridden the most winners for him than any other trainer. He put me on from the start and it’s nice to win a country cup like this for them.”
Secret Web tracked the leader Zadok The Priest and took over at the 350m and from there defied the others to run him down.
At the post he had a long head to spare over runner-up Adaboy Ross with Bayview Emperor a length and a quarter away third.
It was Secret Web’s sixth win in 33 starts and delighted Shannon Perry, the son of Paul Perry.
"I never thought he’d win a race like the Quirindi Cup,” he said.
“We didn’t think he had the ability.”
Scone trained sprinter Sargent Doakes burst through the $200,000 prizemoney barrier when he won the $30,000 Quirindi RSL Lightning (1100).
With plenty of speed on Sargent Doaks, ridden by Chris O’Brien, had the last shot at the leaders and swamped themn late to win record his seventh career win.
Sargent Doakes has now won $205,410 in prizemoney from his 20 starts.
"Not bad for a bush horse who hasn’t won in town,” said trainer Rod Northam.
"He is a good little horse, he’s got a big stride.”
“There might be a nice little race for him at the Scone Cup carnival in May.”
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