Georgina Cartwright is about to become a senior rider but she celebrated the final stages of her apprenticeship with one of her biggest wins.
The former Victorian, who was apprenticed to Henry Dwyer in Melbourne, arrived in Queensland in early September on a three-month loan to Tony Gollan and made it count with her win on the speedy Niedorp in the Spirit Of Boom Classic.
The 27-year-old has won stakes races before, but this was her first in the Sunshine State.
There is likely to be more to come with Cartwright revealing she plans to stay in Queensland as a senior rider after her apprenticeship ends on Thursday.
It was a day to savour on Saturday when Niedorp went to the front and refused to let anything go past her.
“Tony wanted me to be aggressive out of the barriers as she is the type of horse who you can give a good dig and she will come back underneath you,” Cartwright said.
“I was confident on straightening.
“It will become harder for me now when I become a senior (rider) but I’m willing to work as hard as I can and make the most of my opportunities.
“I came up to Queensland as I was coming toward the end of my apprenticeship in Melbourne and it was coming into spring in Victoria so I thought would get more opportunities in Queensland.
“I have really loved it up here and I’m going to put my head down and work hard and see what happens.”
Jockey Georgina Cartwright and trainer Tony Gollan after Niedorp won the Spirit Of Boom Classic at Doomben. Picture: Trackside Photography/Source:The Courier-Mail
Niedorp’s value soared courtesy of the black-type win although Gollan was initially cursing the racing gods when the four-year-old Not A Single Doubt mare drew off the track.
“When the draw came out, I had a few choice words to say and they weren’t kind,” Gollan said.
“The plan was to put the foot down early and today she was back to her brilliant best.
“Georgie is a terrific rider and I’m glad she is staying in Queensland, she always just tries to do everything you ask and she doesn’t overcomplicate things.”
Earlier, the blinkers did the trick with Conexy, who showed more early zip to break through at start No.2.
Luke Dittman was able to slide up outside the leader in the run, without crossing, which kept his main danger Baby Wong stuck three-wide for most of the trip.
Chris Waller’s stable representative Paul Shailer said race experience, plus the blinkers, were factors in Conexy improving on his first-start second a fortnight earlier.
“Experience goes a long way. She cost herself two lengths wobbling around the bend last start and did everything right today,” Shailer said.
Dittman said Conexy, who is a home-bred for the Ingham family, will eventually be effective when he gets to 1400m to 1600m.
FORSTER KEEN TO EXTEND SEE MARIE
Desleigh Forster has eyes on next month’s Group 3 Grand Prix Stakes and then the 2021 winter after a Jim Byrne pearler landed See Marie an impressive winner at Doomben on Saturday.
Byrne was able to slot the filly initially one off and then on the fence without spending a dime off a wide gate. He then guided her into the clear on straightening before See Marie charged home to gun down the Tony Gollan pair of Good Soize and Corvo.
Forster has no doubt See Marie, a daughter of Sebring, will appreciate further than Saturday’s 1630m and to that end, she now heads to the Eagle Way (1800m) on December 12 and The Grand Prix (2200m) a fortnight later.
“All she wants to do is stay. I have no issue with her getting to 2000m,” Forster said.
See Marie charges home at Doomben. Picture: Trackside PhotographySource:The Courier-Mail
“I invited Jimmy to the (Sunshine) Coast to ride her first up, so he had a good idea of what she could do.
“Before the race today he told us he would be one-off and that’s why he’s one of Queensland’s best jockeys.”
Forster was confident See Marie could win, provided she had luck from the gate.
Good Soize looked certain to win when she sprinted quickly on the turn, putting a margin on See Marie who was tracking her, but the latter was able to pick up in the straight and showcase her stamina credentials to win relatively softly on the line.
Byrne was also taken with the win.
“She’s still very raw and learning her trade, but there’s a lot to work with there,” he said.
Originally published asVic apprentice ends Queensland loan with a bang
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