Boxing Day Wash Up: Staeck Awesome At Albany


Jockey Daniel Staeck has ridden enjoyed a terrific day in the saddle, riding four winners on yesterday’s Albany program.

It was a slow start to the program for Staeck, who had rides aboard single figure chances right throughout the program.

He had to wait until the fourth event for his first winner though, aboard the Liam O’Loughlin-trained Prix D’Excellence.

The mare was dropping back in class from the Listed Jungle Dawn Classic on December 8, where she was well beaten by Celebrity Dream.

After leading throughout yesterday’s 1500m event, Prix D’Excellence had to find plenty over the concluding stages, as War Ksar made a late surge but narrowly missed.

Staeck then teamed up with trainer Roy Rogers to win the proceeding three races aboard Notta Mocha, Ionyx and Tango Ora.

Ionyx, who also had a shot at blacktype racing earlier this campaign, stepped up to the mile for the first time yesterday and led throughout, to make it two wins in a row.

Tango Ora also relished a drop back in class yesterday, to take out the Boxing Day Trophy (1100m).

At Pinjarra, trainers Dan and Ben Pearce continued their outstanding run of form, with two winners from as many runners on the day.

After a winning double at Ascot on Saturday with Let’s Twist and Angelic Ruler and Time To Hunt winning at Bunbury on Sunday, the Pearce’s had outsider Next Stop The Moon and Trakiato win yesterday to make it five winners from their past six starters.

Next Stop The Moon was having just his second career start yesterday and led all the way in causing the boilover, before Trakiato produced a strong first-up performance on speed as well in the final event of the day.

Jockey Chris Parnham also enjoyed a successful Boxing Day in the saddle at Pinjarra, riding the Adam Durrant-trained Smart Fox and Trevor Andrews-trained Great Charade to victory.

Former Sydney galloper Molten recorded his first win for new trainer Chris Gangemi in the TABtouch Better Your Bet Handicap (1000m) at Pinjarra.

Meanwhile, at the Esperance Boxing Day program, jockey Randy Tan and trainer Peter Fernie teamed up for a winning double, with Nazareth and Rare Selection both winning.

Shady Gray produced one of the better performances on the card, taking out the Star Transport Handicap (1400m).

Jockey Jerry Noske settled Shady Gray behind the leading trio, before she got off the fence and into clear room on the turn and sprinted away to win by more than three lengths.

Tim Walker