Horse Racing: The Kris Lees-trained Sense Of Occasion produced a stunning finishing burst to win the Group 1 Doomben Cup.
TRAINER Ben Currie strengthened his claims on being granted stables in Brisbane after a career-best six winners on Saturday, including five winners on his home track for the very first time.
Currie won with Gully Command at Doomben and then later in the day had Mishani Wrangler, Choix De Roses, Saipan, The Captain’s Lady and Dog Days Are Over win in Toowoomba.
“I’ve had four winners at a meeting twice, but to get five and six in the day was something pretty special,” he said.
“It usually never works out like that. You get your one or two winners and then something goes wrong with the others.
“On Saturday, I thought my best chances were Saipan and Dog Days Are Over.
“When we got the first couple you start to think the two you liked the most are going to get rolled, but fortunately it didn’t pan out like that this time.”
With Gully Command’s Doomben success and Crusher’s Gold Coast win on Wednesday, it gave the stable seven winners from their past 12 runners.
The stable has had 79 winners this season at a strike rate of better than 20 per cent, trailing only Tony Gollan on the state premiership.
He has made no secret of his desire to train in Brisbane, but said the success of Darren Weir and David Hayes from non-metropolitan bases prove you don’t need to be in the city to train feature winners, something Currie achieved recently with Col ‘N’ Lil and With A Promise.
Three of Currie’s Toowoomba winners were ridden by apprentice Baylee Nothdurft, who landed four winners at Clifford Park for the second week in succession.
Currie has been taken by Nothdurft’s improvement in recent months and said he was riding with a presence of mind beyond his years.
“It was pretty to watch him on Saturday night. He’s gone to another level,” Currie said.
“He’s killing them at the moment and I haven’t seen a kid ride like that up here for a long time. He is really thinking things through. He’s taking runs and getting on the right horse’s back.
“He goes to Plan B if he needs to and I saw him do that two or three times on Saturday. Not many apprentices can do that.
“He’s riding just as well as any senior and you’re getting the bonus of a 3kg claim.”
Currie said his next major target was the Ipswich Cup meeting, where he was aiming Cantbuybetter (Eye Liner), Col ‘N’ Lil (Cup) and Crusher (2YO).
■ IN an error that went through the Racing Australia system and into newspaper results on Sunday, Dog Days Are Over was recorded as having run second, but did in fact win the final race at Toowoomba.
Originally published as Hot Currie enhances his city stable prospects