Geraldton turf a “horses for courses track”

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Winning trainer Jo-Anne Leeson, flanked by turf club chairman Brian O’Dwyer and sponsor Zane Clarke, wants people to keep enjoying the races in Geraldton.
Camera IconWinning trainer Jo-Anne Leeson, flanked by turf club chairman Brian O’Dwyer and sponsor Zane Clarke, wants people to keep enjoying the races in Geraldton. Credit: Arctic Moon Photography

Field of Vision won the $100,000 feature race at the Geraldton Turf Club’s Australia Day meet on Sunday.

One of his owners has a message for the public — keep coming to the Geraldton races.

“We’re very happy, very pleased,” co-owner and trainer Jo-Anne Leeson said.

“He’s an older horse. Everyone had kind of discounted him, except for one owner,” she said.

Field of Vision wins the $100,000 Batavia Sprint at Geraldton.
Camera IconField of Vision wins the $100,000 Batavia Sprint at Geraldton. Credit: Arctic Moon Photography

She said he had had stress laminitis and been crippled for nine months.

“He couldn’t walk.”

Now, he has run three campaigns for Baldivis-based Leeson and co-owner Eddie McGuire, and has a total of $150, 960 in winnings.

“The horse knows where the line is,” she said.

“He’s absolutely confident at Geraldton. He won really well.”

Leeson did a double at Sunday’s meet. Her horse Rapid Asset, an eight-year-old gelding, won race five, the $15,500, 1400m Geoff McPherson Memorial Handicap.

Natasha Faithfull was the winning jockey in both races.

Natasha Faithfull wins the $100,000 Batavia Sprint on Field of Vision.
Camera IconNatasha Faithfull wins the $100,000 Batavia Sprint on Field of Vision. Credit: Arctic Moon Photography

In the other races on the day, Kyra Yuill rode five-year-old mare Best Suspect, trained by Graeme Hammarquist, to victory in the $15,500, 1900m @GeraldtonToyota.com.au Handicap.

Peter Knuckey rode three-year-old filly Jevelation, trained by Tiarnna Robertson, to win the $14,000, 1100m Plate Clearance @ Geraldton Toyota Maiden.

Another two horses trained by Robertson had wins on Sunday.

Four-year-old gelding Trade Thunder, ridden by Troy Turner, won the $14,000, 1300m Waroa Maiden, while four-year-old mare Angry Annie won the $15,500, 1200m Rob Pettit Memorial Handicap.

Four-year-old gelding Kenyluck, trained by Allan Hughes and ridden by Ryan Hill, won race six, the $15,500, 1300m Geraldton Toyota Hybrid Handicap.

In the final race of the day, six-year-old gelding Summit Trail, trained by Graeme Hammarquist and ridden by Kyra Yuill, won the $15,500, 1600m Geraldton Toyota Mobility Handicap.

Leeson said Field of Vision would be going for a “well deserved let-up”.

But she said punters shouldn’t be letting up on their days out at the track.

“It’s a very good track, Geraldton, it’s a horses for courses track,” she said.

“Just keep coming to the races,” she said.

“Mum and Dad can have a drink, and the kids can run amok.”

She said a younger generation are attending track days, including young families.

“The glamour that goes on is incredible,” she said.

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