Fresh from his upset win on Perfect Jewel in the Belmont Sprint (1400m), in-form jockey Pat Carbery will chase his next feature race victory aboard Laverrod in the Listed Raconteur Stakes (1400m).
In an exciting finish, Carbery lifted Perfect Jewel to a nose victory in Saturday’s Belmont Sprint (1400m), his second Group success in a fortnight after he rode Vega Magic in the Roma Cup (1200m).
On Saturday, Carbery can continue his hot feature race form with Laverrod and he believes the Sean and Jake Casey-trained gelding can wreck the return of quality filly, Kay Cee.
A Group 1 champion in the Kingston Town Classic (1800m) last December, Kay Cee launches her winter campaign in the Raconteur Stakes and looks on target after impressively winning two warm up trials.
But Carbery believes Laverrod, who boasts a top record of four wins and six placings from 10 starts, can defeat Kay Cee and validate his position as a top horse in the making.
He says Laverrod, racing since March, will have fitness on his side and had thrived since his last-start victory over Festival Miss.
“His work since his last run has been really good and hopefully he can draw well,” Carbery told The Races WA.
“He is a race fit horse and the set weights and penalties will suit him. He has been beating the older horses quite convincingly.
“I’ve always had a high regard for him and I think he has shown genuine quality this preparation.
“His last couple of wins have been really solid and his work on the inside grass at Belmont this morning (Tuesday) was as good as you would want them to work.
“He is three weeks between runs, but Sean and Jake have kept him up to the mark and he seems to be in a good spot mentally as well as physically.”
Perfect Jewell boosted Carbery’s city tally to 31 ½ wins. Only William Pike, Jade McNaught and Chris Parnham sit in front of the diminutive rider in the jockey’s premiership.
A winner of the Raconteur Stakes last year aboard Cup Night, Carbery hopes his recent success in big races can continue.
“It’s good going to the races and riding nice horses,” Carbery says.
“I’m having a bit of luck and I’m full of confidence.
“Everything is ticking over good, but you get the confidence riding winners.”