Highly promising apprentice Chelsea Baker continues to impress, with her double at Hobart last Sunday reducing her claim to two kilograms.
Baker only began riding in February and while it took her a while to break her duck the wins have come steadily since. She has now booted home 21 victors at the healthy strike rate of 17.6 per cent to sit 11th on the Tassie jockeys’ premiership.
She opened her account at Hobart on her father Barry’s lightly raced seven-year-old Captain Dave, who came from just off the pace to take the Class 1 handicap over 1390 metres.
Baker completed her brace of wins on Scott Brunton’s in-form mare Kuroset, who made it two wins from her past three appearances when coming from the rear of a six-horse field to take the benchmark 76 handicap over 1100 metres.
The win completed a treble for Brunton, who opened his account with the progressive Yarra Master, who completed a hat-trick of wins in the benchmark 62 handicap over 1600 metres under apprentice Taylor Johnstone.
Promising stayer Travelling Gigolo gave Brunton the middle pin of his treble, comfortably taking the benchmark 68 handicap over 2100 metres under David Pires.
The gelded son of Globetrotter has now scored at four of his past five appearances and was only beaten a head in the defeat.
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Former promising Tasmanian sprinter And Beyond, now in the hands of Warrnambool trainer Lindsey Smith, tackles the Catanach’s Jewellers Handicap over 1400 metres at Caulfield this Saturday after a disappointing first-up run for the new yard in the Gold Topaz at Swan Hill on June 10.
The formerly Tanya Hanson-prepared gelded son of Wordsmith had proved competitive with Tasmania’s best sprinters over the summer and a much improved showing is anticipated.