Red-letter day for Natalie Jarvis’ Thorotek team at Moruya

Connections of team Thorotek were thrilled to land four winners at the Moruya showcase meeting on Monday. Photos: Bradley Photos.

Moruya trainer Natalie Jarvis and her Thorotek team enjoyed a day to remember at their home track on Monday. 

The team started 10 horses at the Moruya Jockey Club showcase Moruya Cup meeting, and they prepared four winners. 

Teaming up with regular hoop Shaun Guymer, Quire ($2.20) won the $35,000 1010m Maiden Handicap, Dragons Breath ($5) won the $50,000 Country Magic 1200m Class Three Handicap, and Rouge Lune ($1.60) took out the $30,000 1200m Maiden Plate.

Billy Owen joined the party, and he won on Greaves ($4.80) in the 1010m Benchmark 58 Handicap. 

Jarvis and her team have trained four winners before at the Sapphire Coast, but she was thrilled to achieve the rare feat on her home track. 

“We knew we had some good chances, especially with the two maidens, but four winners on a day is a big day and we are really pleased,” Jarvis said. 

“It is especially good to do it with so many owners on course, because everyone backs the Thorotek horses, and everyone had a great time.”

It was a big team effort on the day, with the Thorotek outfit stretched thin at times, and Jarvis was thankful to everyone involved. 

“It was mayhem trying to get so many to the races, and especially in the race with four runners,” Jarvis laughed. 

“Our staff did a terrific job pumping them out, and looking after their recovery, and we even had a few extra people help out, so it was a massive effort, and we appreciate everything everyone did on the day for us.”

Thorotek owners were all decked out in their Hawaiian shirts, which were hard to miss at Moruya, and Jarvis explained that their connections really added to excitement of the Moruya Cup meeting. 

“This is our biggest day of the year,” Jarvis said. 

“We had 130 owners come to the race day, and we like to make it a big owner’s day and everyone got on board and wore their Hawaiian shirts, and everyone had a good time. 

“We don’t actually have a lot of local owners, and our owners travel quite a way to go to the races, and a lot of them have met through owning the same horse and have since become really good friends, and now they travel all over the place to watch their horse race.”

Of their winners on the day, Rouge Lune was a standout when winning the Daniel Icksta Ick Memorial 1200m Maiden Plate.  

“That race is a memorial of a good friend of ours, and it meant a lot to us and Shaun to win that race with Rouge Lune,” Jarvis said. 

“Not only was it an important race to win, but the horse performed well, and the owners have been excellent supporters of ours, so it meant a lot to everyone.”

In a big day’s racing on Monday, the Theresa Bateup-trained Crackalacka (Molly Bourke, $26) won the $75,000 Moruya Cup and Big Dance qualifier, beating the Tash Burleigh-trained To The Nines (Amy McLucas, $4.80) and the Matthew Dale-trained Toretto (Jeff Penza, $5). 

The $50,000 Moruya Town Plate was taken out by the Kerry Parker-trained Don Luigi (Jeff Penza, $4.20), which defeated the Paul Murray-trained Espirito (Winona Costin, $1.95) by 1.3 lengths, while 2022 winner Akeed (Billy Owen, $7.50) was 1.6 lengths away in third for trainer Jamie Stewart.

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