Molly Bourke enjoys two-track double on Golden Slipper Day

Molly Bourke was all smiles when winning on the Richard and Will Freedman-trained Elettrica at Rosehill Gardens on Saturday. Image: Bradley Photos.

Apprentice jockey Molly Bourke backed her talents on Saturday and was rewarded with a two-track double on Golden Slipper Day. 

Kicking off Sydney’s program at Rosehill Gardens, where five Group 1’s were up for grabs, Bourke jumped aboard the Richard and Will Freedman-trained Elettrica ($5) in the 1500m Midway Handicap. 

Given a peach of a ride from gate three, the five-year-old travelled a touch better than midfield before Bourke took a split at the final furlong, allowing Elettrica to burst through and run away for a three-and-a-half length win.

On one of NSW’s most prominent race days, Bourke was grinning from ear to ear after the victory. 

“That was a massive thrill,” Bourke told NSW Country and Picnic Racing. 

“I was feeling a bit of pressure, as the horse had been unlucky and was deserving of a win.

“So, getting the ride on Golden Slipper Day and winning the way she did is amazing.”

Elettrica had been knocking on the door of a victory, having finished in the money in recent runs at Canterbury, Rosehill Gardens, and Royal Randwick. 

“On her last two runs in Midways, she had been drawn wide in massive fields, and she had no luck and had to do things the hard way. 

“We had the feeling she would go close, and she drew the better gate, settled closer, and she had the ability to win it.”

After taking one ride at Rosehill Gardens, Bourke was in the car and off to Kembla Grange for one more mount. 

Teaming up with Mike Van Gestal, Bourke admitted she was slightly more relaxed when riding Dark Glitter ($10) in the 1200m Benchmark 64 Handicap.

Racing in last after jumping with them from gate seven, Bourke was patient, and the three-year-old finished strongly to win by a length.

“I was so excited,” Bourke laughed.  

“The adrenalin was going, and I knew the one at Kembla would be a more casual ride for Mike versus riding in Sydney on Elettrica. 

“I did think Mike’s horse could run a big race; she has a lot of raw ability, and this is only her first prep, and she won really well.”

The result capped off Bourke’s first two-track double, and she was happy to see her plans come to fruition.

“It’s pretty cool to say you rode a winner at Rosehill and then get there to Kembla and ride another winner on the same day,” Bourke said. 

“It makes you feel like you knew your job and that it is easy, even though we all know it’s not.”

Saturday’s two-track double follows on from a relatively lean period for the young jockey. 

She broke a winless stretch at Wyong on Wednesday with a victory on the Mike Van Gestal-trained No Statement, which led to Saturday’s victories at Rosehill Gardens and Kembla Grange. 

“You have patches like that, and I went through a bit of a patch where I was running places and wasn’t quite getting there,” Bourke said. 

“I was getting down and losing a bit of opportunity, but then I got one at Wyong, and that accelerated things and gave me a boost of confidence.”

While Bourke celebrated her excellent day in the saddle, she was cheering on the winner of Saturday’s Tullbigeal Cup in the state’s Southern Districts.

Her partner is Ed Waters, the son of Tumbarumba trainer Mont Waters. 

Mont teamed up with Zara Lewis when winning the Tullibigeal Picnic Cup with Namarari ($18). 

“Ed was at Wagga, and I asked him to come to Sydney, but he was in Wagga, and they got their winner in Tullibigeal,” Bourke said. 

“They said they would celebrate for me last night, and I’m sure they did.”