Jake’s big day: Pracey-Holmes dominates at Wellington

Jake Pracey-Holmes, pictured here after his win on the Clint Lundholm-trained Listen To The Band in the Western Racing Association Country Championships qualifier at Coonamble earlier this month, has been in good form. Photo: Racing Photography.

When you’re hot, you’re hot, and there is no other way to describe the current form of popular bush hoop, Jake Pracey-Holmes.

The 32-year-old has ridden 40 winners this season, but he has been in rare touch to start 2023, seemingly riding winners for fun when bringing up doubles at Dubbo and Coonamble earlier this month, before a win at Orange on Sunday. 

Pracey-Holmes then turned it on at Wellington on Friday when riding four winners for four different trainers to dominate the first day of the annual Wellington Boot carnival. 

It was an auspicious start for the in-form jockey when he won the opening event, which saw the Clint Lundholm-trained Star of Kings ($2.70) take out the 900m Maiden Handicap.

He made it a running double in the second race, with the Mark Jones-trained Chief White Sock ($12) winning the 1100m Maiden Plate. 

Pracey-Holmes almost on the $40,000 feature on the program when running second on the Jacob Perrett-trained Jousting ($15) in the 2400m Iron Horse Cup, but he got home on another good-value runner when the Jeremy Gask-trained Croatian Madame ($10) won well in the 1700m Class One/Maiden Handicap. 

Then in the seventh event on the card, Pracey-Holmes won his fourth race, and this time he teamed up with Scone trainer Lou Mary when Eleni ($2.50) won the 900m Class One Handicap. 

The feature of the day – the Iron Horse Cup – saw the Michael Lunn-trained Yak (Robyn Freeman, $15) race to victory for connections.

Racing heads back to Wellington on Sunday, with the running of the $200,000 Wellington Boot taking centre stage, while there is also the $100,000 Wellington Cup and $50,000 Wellington Town Plate.

For all results from Friday click here and Sunday’s fields click here