Jockey Renee ‘Bam Bam’ Forrest to renew acquaintances with Midnight Rocket at Utakarra

Peter SweeneyGeraldton Guardian
What a blast. Renee Forrest brings Midnight Rocket back to scale on Melbourne Cup day.
Camera IconWhat a blast. Renee Forrest brings Midnight Rocket back to scale on Melbourne Cup day. Credit: Colin Sherman, Western Racepix

The jockey they call “Bam Bam” loved riding at Geraldton before sitting aboard Midnight Rocket.

Now she’s hooked even more.

On Melbourne Cup Day, Renee Forrest partnered Midnight Rocket for the first time.

The pair reunite at today’s Utakarra fixture and Forrest plans on horse and human enjoying many more assignments together.

“I like him, he seems a nice type. He went through the gears the other day and had a fair bit left in the tank,” Forrest said of Midnight Rocket.

“It was a good day at the office for me. I had seven rides for a win, two seconds, two thirds and a fourth.”

Forrest will have four rides today.

“I really love competing at Geraldton. I was strapping (Gatting) at a Saturday meeting in Melbourne in October, caught a midnight flight to Perth and drove to Geraldton the next morning to ride,” she said.

“I rode there, drove home and flew back to Melbourne the next day. That’s how much I wanted to ride at Geraldton.”

Midnight Rocket — once owned by Bob Peters and in the care of Grant and Alana Williams — isn’t the only galloper eyeing back-to-back wins today.

Quality Fair is another — and the stakes are big for him. A win for the Ken Nightingale-prepared galloper will see him off to the big smoke in a fortnight for the Country Championship at Ascot.

The first of seven races today is at 2.01pm, and the curtain will close at 5.10pm.

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