Nick Heywood dominates at Parkes

Nick Heywood and the Scott Collings-trained Hello Jack, pictured here after winning at Canberra, won again at Parkes on Sunday.
Heywood won four races on the Parkes Cup program. Photo: Bradley Photos.

Nick Heywood enjoyed one of his best days in the saddle at Parkes on Sunday, with the Goulburn jockey booting home four winners. 

In fact, the 27-year-old hoop took seven rides on the program, adding two minor placings to his four winners.

He kicked off his day with a win on the Dean Mirfin-trained Ida’s Rules ($1.20) in the 1000m Maiden Handicap before teaming up with the Nick Olive-trained Invincible Dash ($12) in the 1200m Open Handicap.

Riding for Daniel Stanley, Heywood soon had his third victory, winning on Strategic Charge ($8) in the 1400m Maiden Plate. 

After finishing second on the Matthew Dale-trained Kiptanui ($4.20) in the 2023 Parkes Cup (1600m), he came out in the last and landed his fourth win, riding the Scott Collings-trained Hello Jack ($1.85) to a good victory. 

Heywood was pleased to bring up four wins on Hello Jack. 

“Scotty does a great job with his horses, and he put him in the right race today, and I think he improved again off the win at Canberra,” Heywood said after his win. 

“He was always going to be hard to beat once he controlled the front and kicked away; it was a very good win.”

Heywood has enjoyed back-to-back wins on the four-year-old, and it appears he has worked the Goulburn galloper out. 

“The way I see him, you come out, and you do your first half right, and once you get to six (hundred metres), you let him go because he doesn’t find a lot when you put him under the stick, and that’s what he today, and it was a good win,” Heywood said. 

It wasn’t just Heywood who had a good day in the saddle at Parkes, with veteran hoop Kody Nestor riding a winning double.

Nestor won the Parkes Cup (1600m) on the Mack Griffith-trained Osman ($2.60), which followed a good win on the Connie Greig-trained Hemsted ($26) in the 1300m Benchmark 58 Handicap. 

For all results from Parkes, click here.