Outta the way, fellas ... Jockey Matt Paget pushes through a needle-eye opening on Glenrock McLaren (centre) to win the Paul Bi
Outta the way, fellas ... Jockey Matt Paget pushes through a needle-eye opening on Glenrock McLaren (centre) to win the Paul Bi

Patience pays well as Glenrock swoops

By GREG WHITE

THE patience of Kempsey trainer Peter Cooper and Port Macquarie jockey Matt Paget was rewarded when outsider Glenrock McLaren won the Paul Biddolph Electrical Maiden at yesterday's Coffs Harbour races.

The brown mare is the latest in a long line of winners named after the family property and was a certainty beaten on the course on November 24.

"Gee, we were unlucky that day and I've been trying to get back here for another go," the trainer said.

"She's since had two runs and awful luck but I took the tongue-tie off, she's fitter, and did the job."

Paget settled midfield and tracked favourite Merry Me into the race from the home corner.

The race quickly changed complexion when Lanmish and Wannabe collared the leader but Glenrock McLaren flashed through the middle to just take the photo. Cooper was all smiles after the win, admitting to having a 'small bet' on his horse.

Meanwhile, the winning streak of jockey Jasen Watkins continued when successful in the opening two races on yesterday's program.

Since returning from a suspension at Christmas, the Coffs Cup-winning rider has landed almost a dozen winners including doubles at the last Coffs and Bowraville meetings.

Watkins claimed the second race for local trainer Peter Roach on Mystic Arch to bring up his double but needed a truckload of patience and judgement to win the opening event on Oh Black Betty.

The mare with the striking looks was having her 13th race start and finally won her maiden after six career placings.

Twice she appeared to have been run down by challengers in the straight but with Watkins nursing her along, she managed to eventually hold off the fast finishing Maximum Talent.

"Bruce (trainer Bruce Swan) said she needed to be ridden a little bit quieter," the jockey said.

"I just waited till the others got under pressure before I did and she really went to the line well."



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