SUNDAY: June 16, 2019: HUSBAND and wife Mitchell and Desiree Kearney went for a “spin” to Goulburn last Friday, and kicked off a successful weekend for Hawkesbury trainers.
The training duo’s victory with recent acquisition Quick Spin was followed by a Craig Weeding double at Mudgee picnics yesterday and Terry Croft’s success with Lu’s In Charge at Port Macquarie today.
The foursome lifted to 147 the number of winners prepared so far this season by Hawkesbury trainers.
Team Kearney landed the Benchmark 58 Handicap (1200m) with Quick Spin ($7), giving jockey Lee Magorrian a debut winner for the stable.
“Koby Jennings was to ride him, but was injured in a trackwork accident at Warwick Farm and so we had to look for a replacement,” Mitch Kearney said.
“Koby’s manager (Josh Barrett) also manages Lee, and recommended him for the ride.
“He did a good job and didn’t let us down.”
Quick Spin was previously trained at Berrigan by Paul McVicar before being switched to Team Kearney a couple of months ago by owner Robyn Tatham.
“The horse is a bit quirky and the girl who rode him work at Berrigan was injured,” Kearney explained.
“He overraced a bit at Hawkesbury at his previous run last Sunday when sixth over 1300m in a Benchmark 64 Handicap, so we decided to back him up and drop him back a little in distance.
“It was also a drop in class.”
Quick Spin is a four-year-old son of Hard Spun, for whom the Kearneys have a “soft spot”.
Mitch Kearney’s first winner was the now retired Silk Spin, a daughter of Hard Spun, at Hawkesbury on July 20, 2014.
Silk Spun’s first foal, a Nicconi two-year-old named Heza Gentleman, faced the starter for only the second time at the Goulburn meeting and, with Magorrian up, finished a promising second at $13 to Lucky Siren against older horses in the Maiden Plate (1000m).
The Kearneys also have another of Hard Spun’s progeny, Spin Bowles, back in work and he is only a few weeks away from trialling.
Spin Bowles won twice over 1200m at Gosford last year, when ridden by Josh Parr.
Quick Spin was Team Kearney’s sixth winner of the season, and victories for Craig Weeding and Terry Croft lifted them both to the same number.
Weeding and approved rider Michael Wade joined forces to clinch a double at Mudgee picnics.
They scored with Good Verdict ($6) in the Collaroy Cup (1000m) and Single Zero ($2 favorite) in the Merotherie Handicap (1400m).
Croft ventured to Port Macquarie to land his first winner since Garryfromthebull scored at the Cessnock meeting conducted at Newcastle on February 18.
Lu’s In Charge, a three-year-old Charge Forward filly, won the Class 1 Handicap (1206m) at $16 for 3kg claiming apprentice Liam Blanch.
Lu’s In Charge won her Maiden (1200m) at Gosford last November, and relishing the drop back to country grade, improved on recent performances.
Croft recalled winning the feature Queen Of The North at Port Macquarie in 2015 with Catseye Surprise, who had finished third in the same race a year earlier.
“We might be back here with this filly next year for that race,” Croft said after Lu’s In Charge’s victory.
. Hawkesbury jockey Chelsea Ings was also in the weekend winning list, at Walgett yesterday.
Her success on Cobar-trained Moment Of Hope ($5) in the Maiden Handicap (1400m) was the 54th of her career – and first on the Walgett track.