Mathew Cahill is as good a jockey as any in the industry and he proved why at Narromine Races on Sunday, booting home five winners and helping the Kylie Kennedy trained Wild Rocket to a popular local victory in the Narromine Gold Cup.
The Cowra jockey, who has ridden well over 2000 career winners, said he would soak up the moment, firstly admitting it was a good achievement before joking that it took just as much luck as it did talent to ride five winners on any one card of racing.
“It was a great day. They don’t come very often, and I’ll take it while I can,” Cahill laughed.
“I had a couple of nice rides. As the races panned out, I probably had good luck helping me more than anything, but it worked out well.”
Incredibly, the 54-year-old won the last five races on the program, firstly helping the Peter Bloomfield trained War Heart to an easy win in the 800m Maiden Handicap.
In the 800m Benchmark 66 Handicap, Travers then guided the Michael Lynch trained Champagne Daisy to victory before teaming up with Myron Cooper to win the 1200m Class One Handicap with Elgin.
In the $39,000 feature race, Cahill would have been the most popular bloke on course after combining with Narromine trainer Kylie Kennedy to win yet another Narromine Gold Cup before winning the last on the card, the 1300m Benchmark 58 event, on the Barry Wall prepared Deshawn.
“Sometimes you get that sort of day,” Cahill said.
“It took some work to get the horses into the right positions as the track was quite wet in patches, but the horses were fit and well, which helped a lot.
“There are just so many factors you can’t control, which often cost you a chance to win races, but everything came together for me and the horses.”
Winning the Narromine Cup for Kennedy meant a lot to Cahill, who has developed a good affinity with the enigmatic Wild Rocket.
“It was a big thrill, it’s always a big thrill to win the Narromine Cup, especially for Kylie,” Cahill said.
“She (Wild Rocket) has been a hard mare to train, she is very excitable and for Kylie to win her hometown cup with this horse, it was quite special.”
The country racing legend said he still got the same kick out of winning a handful of races and taking out feature events, suggesting he wasn’t close to slowing down.
“Winning these races, that’s why we do it, it’s always a thrill,” Cahill said.
“Especially when you have an association with the horse like I do with Wild Rocket, it makes it a bit more satisfying and a great thrill.”
Cahill will be back in action at Albury on Tuesday, and he hopes to continue the good run of form, even hinting he was on a big chance for Canberra trainer, Todd Smart.
“I think that Kelvedon Road will go well, he looks quite a promising horse, he has only had a couple of runs but he worked home really well at Forbes and Todd has a good opinion of him, and he looks the pick of my rides,’ Cahill said.