Albany Double!

The stable had four runners at Albany today, and all ran well.

First up was Peter’s home-bred mare Isn’t She Gorgeous, who was made favourite for the Morande Designs Maiden over 1200 metres, after the favourite-elect Tiga Romano was withdrawn at the barriers. Jockey Shaun Meeres took full advantage of barrier 2, jumping Isn’t She Gorgeous straight into the lead. The mare settled well for him and, once into the home straight, was kicked clear of her field, and had enough in hand to win by a neck from the fast-finishing Timely Saint. A great ride by Shaun, and a pleasing win for the Giadresco family, who bred and own Isn’t She Gorgeous.

In the second race, the Albany Veterinary Hospital Maiden over 1400 metres, Hartley’s Park was the popular pick after showing consistent form at Bunbury recently. Shaun Meeres adopted different riding tactics this time, settling the gelding towards the rear of the field as Lively Rose set a cracking pace up front. As the field approached the home turn Shaun moved Hartley’s Park to the outside and began a steady run around the field. Halfway down the straight he hit the front and went on to win by a cosy 2¼ lengths from McTease. Full marks to the jockey for another fine ride, and it was great to see the famous Willie Wagtail colours back in the winner’s circle.

Jomatesi and San Salvo ran in the last race of the day, the Wignalls Handicap over 1500 metres. Both horses had their chances to win, but in the end had to settle for 2nd and 6th respectively, behind King’s Tribute.

SPORTS STAR FINALIST

On Wednesday evening Peter was once again one of the 12 finalists at the prestigious AJ Buswell Sports Star of the Year presentation, sponsored by the South West Times, and held in the Bunbury Shire Offices. The annual event, hosted by Bunbury Mayor David Smith, attracted a large crown of local dignitaries, along with the nominees and their supporters.

This year the nominations were particularly strong, with finalists including a number of Olympians, two AFL footballers, as well as international performers in a number of sports. The overall winner was renowned test cricketer Murray Goodwin, who at present plays in the UK for Sussex.

Peter was delighted to pick up his individual award, as it was a great honour to represent the racing industry in such an illustrious field.

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