Webster Youngster Keeps Rising


Promising galloper To Rise Again has recorded his second straight victory in this afternoon’s Mal Green Handicap (1000m) and continued a solid run of form for jockey Chloe Azzopardi and trainer Colin Webster in doing so.

The gelding, a last start Maiden winner at Pinjarra, set a strong tempo in the short-course event and had Time To Trade outside him to ensure he wouldn’t get a mid-race breather.

Despite setting the strong tempo, To Rise Again fought off Time To Trade on the turn for home and then shook off the late challengers to record a half-length victory to Ribbon Of Gold.

Webster and Azzopardi teamed up with Divine Quest to run second in the first race on the card and also enjoyed a win with Settlers Creek at Ascot last weekend.

Webster said he was most impressed, as well as a little surprised, by the time the three-year-old ran of 57.66.

“It was a really fast time,” he said.

“I bought him as a stayer, by Blackfriars out of a staying family and here he is a 1000m horse.”

Meanwhile, trainer Jayne Busslinger has enjoyed a much needed win, with smart gelding Patristic too slick for his rivals in the TABtouch Better Your Bet Handicap (1500m).

Busslinger’s most recent winner came at Northam in May 2017, but Patristic was never in doubt at any stage this afternoon leading from start to finish.

Having spent time in the care of Donna Riordan last campaign and recording a Maiden win in doing so, Patristic made a strong start back under the tuition of Busslinger, recording three placings.

The race changed in complexion late with the withdrawal of fancied runner Flat Biccy at the gates.

When the race got underway, jockey Shaun O’Donnell was able to control the race in front and go on to score a 3 ½ length victory.

Busslinger, who has 10 horses in work, said she was relieved to be back in the winners circle.

“I haven’t had a winner for a while and it was a big thrill to have one,” she told The Races WA.

“He’s easy to train and easy to do anything with.

“He’s such a special horse.”

Tim Walker