Five-year-old finds the right partner

PUBLISHED : Monday, 20 December, 2010, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 20 December, 2010, 12:00am

For a horse having just his 16th run yesterday, Fair Navigator seems to have been around forever as a regular loser, finding one rival too good too often but, in jockey Greg Cheyne, the five-year-old seems to have found his right partner at last. For the second successive start, Cheyne steered the Tony Millard-trained gelding to victory down the straight 1,000m to put some respectability back into a form line that was filled with nothing but minor placings and excuses previously. 'We seem to have struck a good partnership,' said the South African light weight. 'The key to the horse is getting him out of the gates well. He gets very fractious when he is in there, and he was again today, but if you can get him away cleanly and get him on the speed, he races very comfortably there. I guess it was quite a shallow race but I asked him to kick fairly early and he went on with it.' Odds-on favourite Young Turbo pulled up with mucopus issues after the race.