Sunhill shines for first win
SOMETIMES in a victory it's hard to find someone to take credit for the spoils on offer.
When Kerouac pipped Billie Deeay by a nose in yesterday's open handicap over a mile, trainer Gordon Yorke could not heap enough praise on jockey Jasen Watkins.
"Jasen's riding better than he's ever rode before," the trainer gushed.
"You take a look at Jasen Watkins now and he's professional, he's serious and he's going to make it.
'He's grown up, we've all got to go through it, we've all been through our boyish pranks and I've just noticed Jasen get stronger in the brain, stronger focus, confident, he's a thinking rider and he's here at the track all the time working and it's a credit to him and I'll support someone who has a go."
Yorke continued as to why Watkins is becoming one of the first hoops that he calls when looking for riders.
"You need to trust them when you put them on and one thing I expect out of jockeys, I expect 100 per cent and if I have someone who won't give it I'll just scrap them and be done with it, you've got to," he said.
"They all make mistakes but they make less of them the better riders and he's one of them now."
Watkins was unaware of the kind words Yorke had for him but all he wanted to do was talk about the winning mount that he's become the regular jockey for.
"He's been thereabouts, we went to Gosford the other day and nothing went right for him," he said.
"Today he got left alone so it was good, there were a few heart palpitations at the end but he's a tough old bugger."
"I thought the other horse had me, he went to him to beat him but this horse fights," he explained.
"He's a marvel and Jase said I stopped hitting him and he found some more."