CONSIDERING the amount jockey John Keating loves yesterday’s Coffs Coast Advocate Benchmark 65 winner Passed In Twice, you wouldn’t be surprised if he bedded down with the mare in her stall each night.
While he was returning to the winner’s circle yesterday, Keating was kissing the Dash For Cash five-year-old for joy and this show of affection is apparently nothing new.
Every day the jockey gives her a kiss and there’s no other hoop that’s allowed to ride her.
“She’s wonderful,” Keating gushed.
“She’s very honest. We had a few little niggly problems this week with her and she’s come through and really toughed it out today.
“It was a really good win, I was very impressed with her today just how she toughed it out.”
It’s not just the fact that Passed In Twice has won three of her past six races and finished third in two others that has Keating in love with this horse; it’s the way she digs deep that has him enamoured.
“She’s got a lot of ability and a great heart, you don’t get too many horses with the heart that she’s got,” he said. The favourite found a good alley in the straight after settling midfield to edge out Lotsamoola by three-quarters of a length, with Sam’s Gift a further short head back.
Trainer Jim Jarvis has seen enough now to believe that the obvious next step is a start in the city.
“We’ll have to go to Brisbane with her now,” he said.
“We just had to keep her rolling today because there wasn’t another race in Brisbane for a couple of weeks so we thought we’ll give her another hitout here.”