Rachel Murray with Warren Gavenlock's Plonka after winning the Country Championships qualifying heat moved from Coffs Harbour to Grafton's Clarence River Jockey Club on Thursday, February 20.
Rachel Murray with Warren Gavenlock's Plonka after winning the Country Championships qualifying heat moved from Coffs Harbour to Grafton's Clarence River Jockey Club on Thursday, February 20.

Gavenlock begins preparations for biggest race of his career

COFFS Harbour's first ever Country Championships qualifying heat might have been shifted to Grafton yesterday but that didn't stop one of their own from taking out the $150,000 prize.

 

Ms Rachael Murray rides Warren Gavenlock's Plonka to victory at the Country Championships qualifying heat moved from Coffs Harbour to Grafton's Clarence River Jockey Club on Thursday, February 20.
Ms Rachael Murray rides Warren Gavenlock's Plonka to victory at the Country Championships qualifying heat moved from Coffs Harbour to Grafton's Clarence River Jockey Club on Thursday, February 20.

 

Coffs trainer Warren Gavenlock trained-Plonka edged Murwillumbah trainer Matthew Dunn's crop of five runners with a commanding run at the Clarence River Jockey Club.

While it took a little longer than expected to get the result, Gavenlock was delighted with the victory.

"I'm very pleased. It was a difficult time for everyone, track managers, club, owners, jockeys, riders and trainers. It was a very trying time but the result for me ended up great," Gavenlock said.

 

Rachel Murray and Warren Gavenlock with Plonka at the Country Championships qualifying heat moved from Coffs Harbour to Grafton's Clarence River Jockey Club on Thursday, February 20.
Rachel Murray and Warren Gavenlock with Plonka at the Country Championships qualifying heat moved from Coffs Harbour to Grafton's Clarence River Jockey Club on Thursday, February 20.

 

Experienced jockey Ms Rachael Murray had Plonka out in front from the start and held him well to come home with gusto.

"He began well, the others came around and took him on as expected. We had a beautiful sit and Rachael rated him perfectly to hit the line at the right time," Gavenlock said.

"She did a super job. She's ridden winners for me in the past when we only had two or three horses. We were on the journey with her when she won over 100 races in a season which is great for any jockey, let alone a female jockey."

 

Rachel Murray and Warren Gavenlock with Plonka at the Country Championships qualifying heat moved from Coffs Harbour to Grafton's Clarence River Jockey Club on Thursday, February 20.
Rachel Murray and Warren Gavenlock with Plonka at the Country Championships qualifying heat moved from Coffs Harbour to Grafton's Clarence River Jockey Club on Thursday, February 20.

 

Gavenlock will now shift his attention to Royal Randwick in Sydney where he will contest the Country Championships in early April.

"It most certainly will be the biggest race for me in my career. Now, it's just a matter of keeping my feet on the ground and the horse in good condition," he said.



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