Evergreen mare Fair Nakita has broken through for her first win in the metropolitan area, taking out the Paul Craig 50th Birthday Handicap (1200m) at Ascot this afternoon.
Fair Nakita had previously recorded wins in Bunbury and Albany, but yet to score a win in Perth, until today’s event.
Soy Tan Rapido was heavily fancied to continue her winning ways, but her task was made all the more difficult following a slow start.
The Simon Miller-trained filly eventually mustered enough speed to find the front, as Fair Nakita landed in the perfect spot right behind the leading pair.
Jockey Brodie Kirby, having his first ride on the Peter and Matt Giadresco-trained Fair Nakita, then peeled out from behind the leaders at the top of the straight and was able to power over the top of Soy Tan Rapido.
It was Kirby’s second winner back since his comeback to riding earlier this month.
Post-race, stable representative Quintin Giadresco was full of praise for Kirby’s ride.
“It was a beautiful ride,” he said.
“When she came around the corner and she took off, I knew she was going to go alright.”
Meanwhile, jockey Daniel Staeck was taken to hospital after suffering an injury to his left shoulder prior to the running of race four at Ascot this afternoon.
“Daniel was dislodged shortly after the horses left the parade ring on to the track,” RWWA Chief Steward Brad Lewis told The Races WA.
“We are yet to ascertain the exact reason why he was dislodged.”
When the fourth race was run, the Dennis Barker-trained Diplomat Express was too good for his rivals and bought up jockey William Pike’s 99th metropolitan winner for the season.