Jockey Keshaw Dhurun rides locals Startrade, Sun Power to wins at Geraldton

Reuben CarderGeraldton Guardian
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It’s a long way from Mauritius to Geraldton, but jockey Keshaw Dhurun was the man of the moment for local trainers at Geraldton Turf Club last Thursday.

After Ascot-based Martin Allan scooped up a hat-trick of wins in the first three races on the day, Dhurun notched two for the locals, winning on Startrade in race four for Kim Anderson and then on Sun Power for Adrian Tiver in race five.

In WA for 21/2 years, Dhurun said he appreciated the regular rides he could get at tracks around the State and was hoping to use the experience as a stepping stone to go as far as he could.

“There is more opportunity (in WA) for apprentices and jockeys,” Dhurun said.

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Sun Power owner Shane Winch-Buist said he was over the moon with the five-year-old’s win, which followed another first on Ladies Day at Geraldton on October 10, also with Dhurun aboard.

“I’m happier now than Peter Moody was when he won the Caulfield Cup,” Winch-Buist said.

Allan was the happiest man at the track as English Bay, ridden by Jett Stanley, Doowahdiddy and Patchwork, both ridden by Jordan Turner, won the first three races.

Savage One won race six for Karnup-based trainer Adam Durrant, who had four wins in five starts on Ladies Day. The profitable partnership with Clint Johnston-Porter continued, with the jockey for all of those races aboard again.

Local trainers finished off the day, with Tricky Trix winning race seven for Willie Parker and Megadon getting up in race seven for Ashley Maley, based in Gingin.

The midweek event was the last on the turf club’s calendar before its Melbourne Cup day meeting.

The turf club has 20 meetings scheduled this season, including the Walkaway and Geraldton cups and the Batavia Sprint.

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