Local trainers including Rhona MacPhilomey, Allan Hughes continue early season party at Geraldton Turf Club

Reuben CarderGeraldton Guardian
Sophie Maslen with Billy Jack, Mick MacPhilomey, Natasha Faithfull and Rhona MacPhilomey.
Camera IconSophie Maslen with Billy Jack, Mick MacPhilomey, Natasha Faithfull and Rhona MacPhilomey. Credit: Geraldton Guardian

The good times continue for local trainers at Geraldton Turf Club.

Two in particular have been on a hot streak with Allan Hughes and Rhona MacPhilomey cleaning up in the early meets.

MacPhilomey had the first quinella of her 20-year race career last Saturday and said she would likely be taking race six winner Billy Jack to the city to prepare him for one of the biggest days on the local calendar.

“He won so well last up,” MacPhilomey said.

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Billy Jack gets to the line first at Geraldton.
Camera IconBilly Jack gets to the line first at Geraldton. Credit: Geraldton Guardian

“Today was to see if he’ll step up in distance, which he has done quite nicely.

“We have a plan to maybe take him down to a midweek over 2100m to see if we can get that distance as well in a class three.

“Then, hopefully, get to the Walkaway Cup.

“All going well, we never know, but the Geraldton Cup could be there on the cards as well.

“But that’s a long way away.”

Billy Jack and jockey Natasha Faithfull crossed the line ahead of the five-year-old’s stablemate, A Steamy Affair, with Lisa Staples aboard.

Apprentice Rosie Mahony continues to be the good luck charm for Hughes. She piloted three-year-old Wingsonmyfeet to a maiden win in race two before winning on Kenyluck in race five.

This is her third win on Kenyluck this season.

Be Seated won in race one for Ron Cowl Jr. with Kate Southam aboard, beating out city horse King Kashoo, trained in Karnup by Adam Durrant, piloted by Victoria Corver. Isola Bay won for Durrant again in race three, with Corver aboard.

Royal Whisperand jockey Jerry Noske won race four for Geraldton-based Malcolm MacKenzie. Two local heroes were first and second in race seven. Delago Dehero got across the line for trainer William Renwick, ahead of Significant Hero, trained by Tony Scally. Quan won race seven for Geraldton trainer Sean Rains.

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