It's a breeze as Prebble continues hot streak
The song remained the same for red-hot Brett Prebble yesterday, with a treble, the Jockey Challenge and a continuation of the stunning partnership he has formed with John Moore.
Prebble won for Moore on Thanksgiving and Joyful Winner II, taking his tally for the reigning champion trainer to 12 wins from 35 rides since the pair hooked up in March after Darren Beadman's barrier trial accident but that is part of a larger hot streak for the Australian jockey.
With the David Hall-trained Breeze Of Luck adding the third win to his tally yesterday, Prebble's recent form shows 21 winners from his last 86 rides, and the jockey was again quick to take advantage of the 'C+3' track and conditions on Breeze Of Luck.
As he had done winning on Common Goal and Familists at the last 'C+3' meeting a month ago, Prebble was decisive in taking Breeze Of Luck to the outside rail in the straight and it proved a winning formula.
'You can't just do it on any horse in any race, but this was the right race pattern and the right horse,' he said later.
'Breeze Of Luck needs to get balanced and needs to get away from other horses because any bump puts him off his game. It was the plan that, if they went a good gallop, which it looked on paper, I'd be getting him out there away from horses and to better ground. He's got a great turn of foot for a lower grade horse and I think he also appreciated the juice in the ground - early in the season, I rode him like that and he came to win but didn't go through with it on firmer ground.'
Moore's treble saw him chipping away at John Size's championship lead, but Moore admitted he isn't even thinking about it.
'I have 19 horses rated over 100 and they'll just be sitting home in their box for the rest of the season,' he said. 'I don't have much in the lower grades, but it's nice to win with a couple of them today. Joyful Winner II has been disappointing and had to find his mark, but his last run at Happy Valley had been all right and Brett thinks he could win another.'
Prebble added he didn't believe Joyful Winner II was suited by the ground, which added merit to the win, and said there was more to come for the Class Five-winning three-year-old, Thanksgiving.
'To me, he's a big, dumb, raw horse who is six months away,' he said. 'I was tough on him and put his mind on the job but he'll come away all the better for it and I'll be putting my hand up to ride him in Class Four down in weights. He's going to be a fun horse for his owners.'
Moore also took the Class Three dirt sprint with Sky Mascot (Derek Leung Ka-chun), who went to the front and never looked like being headed.
'I said to Derek ride him like the best horse, I think we have his feet right,' Moore said. 'Sky Mascot has terrible white feet that are so brittle, he lives in heart bar shoes, and he's had bleeding in the lungs. He has a few negatives and the syndicate that owns him is sick of me saying he might not even pass the vet check, let alone win, but today we had him just right.'
The number of winners high-riding Brett Prebble has racked up from his last 86 rides