WINNING trainer Gordon Yorke took no credit for the success of Stupendous at yesterday’s Coffs Harbour TAB.
He praised another brilliant front-running ride by apprentice jockey Belinda Hodder as the reason for victory in the Park Beach Plaza Autumn Fashions Benchmark 59 Handicap (1900m).
Taken to the lead as the field went out of the straight, Hodder slowed the pace and saved every ounce of the horse’s stamina for a final push to the line, with the gelding getting the decision in a three-way photo.
Hodder asked for the ride again after finishing fourth last start at Lismore and the gelding paid good odds of $17.90 on the TAB.
“I’ve had a lot of stayers and Belinda really has a knack for judging pace in distance races,” Yorke said.
“When I talked to her before the race I said ‘you are the only one in it’ and she asked what I meant.
“I said to ride the horse like nobody else was starting, just sail along on her own and she did that to perfection.”
Since joining Yorke’s stables from Kempsey, the young jockey’s confidence and judgement has gone ahead in leaps and bounds.
“She’s a thinker, she listens to what you say and takes it all in,” the trainer added.
“Horses run for her and she has a real feeling for what’s going on around her, she has a natural touch and a real affinity for riding distance races.”
Meanwhile a winning double for jockey Raymond Spokes took him to 41 winners for the season and a nine-win lead over Darron Coleman in the jockey’s premiership.