Girls dominate Moree Christmas meeting

Casey Waddell and Brooke Stower dominated Moree Race Club’s Christmas Twilight meeting on Saturday. Photos: Racing Photography.

Jockey’s Casey Waddell and Brooke Stower left Moree on Saturday with bragging rights after the Tamworth pair dominated the Christmas Twilight meeting when combining to win five of the six races on the program.

Stower kicked of proceedings, winning aboard the Peter Sinclair-trained Fiocchi ($2.10) in the 1600m Maiden/Class One Handicap. 

Peter Sinclair made it a race-to-race double when winning the second race on the card, and apprentice Jacob Golden flew the boy’s flag when guiding Zorra ($3.70) to victory in the 950m Maiden Handicap.

For the rest of the meeting, Stower and Waddell completely dominated, with the latter of the two winning the 1300m Maiden Plate on the Clint Lundholm-trained Maramotti ($2.80), coincidently quinellaing the race with Stower, who finished second on the Peter Sinclair-trained California Vanture.

Waddell – a 1.5kg claiming apprentice – rode her second winner for Krissie Simpkins in the fourth race, with Superel flashing late to win the 1200m Benchmark 50 Handicap.

The New Zealander made it a hat-trick of wins in the penultimate event when guiding the Cody Morgan-trained Miss Magnum ($4.40) to a good win in the 950m Class Two Plate. 

Peter Sinclair made it a treble of winners in the last race and Stower landed her winning-double when guiding popular Moree galloper Ah Well ($4) to the winning line in the 1400m Benchmark 50 Handicap.

Stower said it was a good day and she quickly found praise for her friend and travelling buddy.

“It was a good day and good to see Casey winning,” Stower said. 

“I travel with Casey everywhere. It was tops; it was excellent. She has been working super-hard and it paid off for her today, which was excellent.”

Stower has been riding winners left, right and centre since returning from a broken back, and the in-form jockey currently sits fourth overall on the NSW country jockey’s premiership with 33 ½ wins.

“It’s been good, and I’ve had heaps of success at Moree,” Stower said. 

“To have a day like today and get a double again, it was really good.”

With the girls dominating the Moree program, Stower believed it showcased the talent of female jockeys in NSW and the Hunter North West region.

“I couldn’t be happier,” Stower said.

“We have a lot of talent coming through and I think the girls are more dedicated and we are a bit lighter and it’s good we are getting a go.”

Waddell has also started the 2021/22 season strongly, riding 17 ½ winners, and she was stroked to have a big day at the races with Stower. 

“It was a good day. Brooke and I are good friends,” Waddell said.

“We ride work together and do track work together and we get along quite well, and it was good to get it done like that today.”

Superel’s victory was arguably the most eye-catching win on the program, with the four-year-old flashing down the outside to win the six-furlong event.

“I enjoyed all of my wins, but I really did like Krissie’s (Simpkins) horse and how it came from behind and hit the line late,” Waddell said. 

“It really flew and gave me a good feel.”

Waddell’s Moree hat-trick caps off one of her best days in the saddle since moving to Australia, and while she knew she had some good rides leading into the meeting, she never envisioned celebrating a hat-trick of victories. 

“I thought I had very good chances. I thought they would go well, but it is hard to say they will all win,” Waddell said.

“You go in with the idea that they will win, and today, they all had a good turn of foot, and their trainers did a good job with them.”

The dynamic duo of Waddell and Stower will be hard at it again on Monday, with North West racing moving to Tamworth Jockey Club.For full Moree results, readers can click here.