Jones Targets Port Hedland Cup

26
Jul

Trainer David Jones says Comfortably will push ahead and tackle the Port Hedland Cup after overcoming a distance query to win an exciting edition of the Roebourne Cup (2200m) on Saturday.

Comfortably, with visiting Melbourne apprentice, Carryn Londregan, timing her run to absolute perfection, snatched victory in the last stride with 3/4 of a length separating first and third.

Comfortably, a $9.90 outsider with the TAB, bloused out second elect, Saxon’s Patch, by a long-neck with warm favourite, Rive Gauche, sticking on for bravely for third.

Rive Gauche, who gave them something to chase in the home straight, was attempting to give trainer, Peter Dellar, his eighth success in the Roebourne Cup.

Comfortably, a son of Comfy, continued his excellent form this campaign, notching his third straight win and first beyond 1700m.

“I was more dubious about perhaps going in one run too short, rather than any concern about getting the trip,” said Jones.

“He has always shown he can get over ground and it all worked out for the best.   I couldn’t be any more pleased with the result.

“I will see how he pulls up in the next day or two but at this stage he will go towards the Port Hedland Cup.”

Jones says he can’t take any credit for recruiting Londregan, indentured to Dean Curran, and it was a matter of being in the right place at the right time.

The 25-year-old, who first commenced riding in 2012, has 39 wins and 76 placings from her 439 Victorian country and provincial starters this season.

“I offered the ride to Ben Kennedy and Kyra Yuill but they couldn’t make the meeting,” said Jones.

“I was getting a little concerned when out of the blue I got this call saying that Carryn was available.

“I knew very little of her and it was purely a case of being in the right place at the right time.”

Dellar missed out on a Roebourne Cup triumph, but got some consolation when Eye’s Don’t Lie defeated Luck’s Elusive and Incoherent in the $20,000 XXXX Settler’s Sprint (1200m).

Eye’s Don’t Lie, who commenced a red-hot favourite with punters, has won six of eight races in Roebourne including the past three in succession.

Shaun Meeres and Ray Malpass shared the jockey and trainer honours respectively with a double apiece on the seven event card.

RWWA: Julio Santarelli