Broadmeadow trainer Kris Lees may have picked up a double at Newcastle Racecourse on Thursday but it was his apprentice jockey Louise Day that stole the show.
The Irish horsewoman, who came to the Hunter from the Victorian stables of Ciaron Maher after last year’s Melbourne Cup carnival, saluted on board the Lees-prepared Wahng Wah.
It was Day’s first victory on her newly adopted track, the second of a 13-start career, and Lees was impressed watching her steer an $8.50 shot home in the rising star heat over 1200 metres.
“She’s a very hard working girl who’s developing into a really good rider,” Lees said.
“That horse was out of form and didn’t trial well either, but she got it home today.”
Lees, who also had Moonlight Waltz claim the second at Newcastle, has now recorded 100 winners from the opening eight months of the Australian season.
Lees turns his attention to Doomben on Saturday with Guard Of Honour favoured in the $100,000 listed Mick Dittman Plate (1600m).
Elsewhere on Thursday’s card at Newcastle and it was Hawkesbury trainer Scott Singleton and Warwick Farm jockey Jess Taylor who teamed up to clinch the first and third races with Art Of Defence and Base Camp respectively.
Brenton Avdulla and Blake Shinn also rode two winners each.