Jockey praises mount after convincing win


THERE'S a strong train of thought in racing that a good jockey is worth a couple of lengths but punters should never underestimate the ability of the horse. Jockey Matthew Paget doesn't.

Riding the Ken Lantry trained Saskarla yesterday in the Rheem Australia Class 2 Handicap, Paget thought the time he spent on board the four year-old mare was the easiest money he made all day.

"It was just an easy ride, she's got some toe, she eased up a little bit before the turn then a couple started to come on to the back of her," Paget said of the race Saskarla led from start from finish.

"After that she did it all herself, she just picked up and went. I'm happy to pick up my percentage but it was more the horse this time."

Lantry agrees that Saskarla was a class above yesterday's field.

"She's got lots of ability, heaps of ability," he said in praise.

"She's a half sister to Takeover Target and a full sister to Shady Henrietta but she's got terrible feet, we've had terrible trouble with her feet so I don't know how many runs she's got but she's a natural speed horse."

Coming back yesterday from an eight month spell, the time away from the track and recuperation that Saskarla had over the summer hasn't hampered her form one bit as yesterday's two and a quarter length win over I Want My Mum showed.

"We cut all the feet away and treated her and hope that she came back," Lantry explained of the spell.

"She is a little bit better but it's not perfect which is a shame. It's just a matter of catching her when she's not sore and you can't work her as hard you'd like to.

"There's no risk of her running further it's just because of her feet you can't train her hard."

n GOOD things take time but when Ken Lantry's first winner at Coffs Harbour yesterday saluted the judge in the Bluescope Lysaght Maiden Plate, even the trainer admitted that it probably took too much time.

In it's previous nine starts, Scottalot had finished second three times as well as recording a third.

Coming back from a spell, the 10th start finally proved lucky for the four year-old gelding.

"He's got a few little niggling problems, so we gave him a break and he's won, about nine starts late," Lantry joked.

"He had a little bit of a virus and he was having a little bit of a wind problem through the virus but it wasn't anything too serious.

"There's a couple more wins in him. "He'll run 1200, he might even get to 1400. "He's bred to run a lot further but he just doesn't seem to want to."

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