Marwing lands double, but joy short-lived after he cops two-day ban
It was double trouble for Weichong Marwing at Happy Valley last night after the South African jockey booted home Par Excellence and impressive Sleep Well before being suspended for two meetings on a charge of careless riding.
The stewards charged him with careless riding on the David Ferraris-trained Good Job in race three and the suspension will be deferred until the meetings set down for October 10 and 13 after he rides in the Group One Caulfield Guineas on October 9 in Melbourne.
A race earlier Ferraris and Marwing were celebrating the victory of Par Excellence, who shrugged off the bridesmaid's tag to record his second win in the Repulse Bay Handicap (1,200m).
'Par Excellence has run six seconds and he deserved to win when a race finally fell the right way for him,' Ferraris said. 'The barrier draw is everything here and when we were able to camp behind Karbridge, who went keenly, he was there to swoop on them and win well.
'The owners are wonderful clients and it is always satisfying to get a result for such great people, with such a genuine little chap. Maybe he will be suited in one of those 65-40-rated races, he will carry the weight no problem and I think that will be his best chance of making the next step.'
The feature race was taken out in dominant fashion by the Danny Shum Chap-shing-trained At Moment In Time, who bolted his rivals as short-priced favourite to record a 23/4-length win. 'I think the horse is better acclimatised this year than last,' Shum said. 'He was fresh, strong, and travelled very well, but I'll keep him to 1,000 metres for now while he's winning at this distance.'
Champion jockey Douglas Whyte drew early blood with Million Darling in the opener to record his second win for the season. 'Million Darling is more settled now, it wasn't my intention to lead tonight, but he came out positive, found himself in front and was happy enough to settle there,' Whyte said. 'Last season in the same situation he would have overraced, so when I can sit behind on him I think he'll have more of a finish than he displayed here.'
Trainer Caspar Fownes also continued his good form, leading in the quinella in the final event, with just a nose separating Win Practitioner from stablemate Majestic Heart.
'I'm very happy with the result, obviously, I train my horses to win, I thought all three in the race would run well and it was great to watch two of them fight out a close finish and get the stable quinella,' Fownes said.
'It's great to finally see Win Practitioner do what he has always promised, he may have taken forever, but it looks like he has built a good relationship with Jacky, so that's a bonus. Majestic Heart goes well fresh, and he has pleased me in his recent work, so I wasn't surprised that he ran such a great race.'