WA-based Swedish jockey Lisa Staples takes treble at Geraldton Turf Club; locals win before Walkaway Cup

Reuben CarderGeraldton Guardian
Lisa Staples and Big Pickle cross the line first.
Camera IconLisa Staples and Big Pickle cross the line first. Credit: Reuben Carder/Geraldton Guardian

Lisa Staples had a good day at the races on Sunday, notching a hat trick of wins.

The WA-based jockey — originally from Sweden — took a treble in races two, three and four at the Geraldton Turf Club.

“It felt pretty good,” Staples said.

“I’ve had a treble here, but it was a few years ago.

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“I’ve been doing every meeting here this season.”

Staples took out a maiden on Big Pickle in race two for Walkaway-based trainer Robert Martin.

It was the six-year-old’s third run in WA.

She then won on seven-year-old Admiral Husson for Kevin Backshall and in race four on 10-year-old Galaxy Blaze for Julia Martin.

The result followed a quintuple for Staples at Esperance on November 20.

Jeffrey Martin, Big Pickle’s owner, said it was good to see the six-year-old get the win.

“He hasn’t had a run in a long time, so it’s pretty good,” Martin said.

“He’s had bad feet, and it’s taken a long while to get them right.”

Local trainers won all of the races on the day in the last industry meet before the Walkaway Cup. The Cup runs on December 27.

Geraldton-based trainers dominated, winning all but one race.

Natasha Faithfull saluted on six-year-old Take Another Look for trainer Peter Moses in race one. Four-year-old I’m A Bush Chook won race eight with Bunbury-based Kyra Yuill aboard.

Faithfull was a winner again in race five, piloting 11-year-old Quality Fair for trainer Ken Nightingale.

Five-year-old Sans Le Sou won race six for Gordon Spowart with Andrew Castle aboard.

Seven-year-old Highest Regard was the winner for Walkaway-based trainer Graeme Hammarquist in race seven. Yuill was aboard for her second win of the day.

Spowart and Hammarquist have won the last two Walkaway Cups.

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