Stanley kicks off winning return at Warren

William Stanley is back in the saddle and riding winners. Image: Racing Photography.

Sidelined for almost six weeks following a painful injury, talented apprentice jockey Will Stanley is now back riding winners, starting with Obsessive Nature on Friday at Warren.

Stanley suffered a broken nose in a mounting yard incident when struck in the face by the horse he was to ride in the race.

In the 1000m Nutrien Ag Solutions Benchmark 50 Handicap at Warren, the 20-year-old Stanley rode Obsessive Nature for Parkes trainer Sharon Jeffries.

Nicely positioned behind the leader, Obsessive Nature ($6) overhauled the eventual third placegetter So Extra (Zoe Hunt, $7.50) and then held off Nannu (Shayleigh Ingelse, $3.60) for a two lengths win.

Stanley’s winning return at Warren preceded victories on South Bullaway at Coonamble on Sunday and Champions League at Bathurst on Monday.

Another jockey returning from injury is Daniel Northey, who had 14 months off after a hip replacement.

Northey produced very good rides on the outsiders Charge Extra and La Mia Via to land a winning double for Gunnedah trainer Gavin Groth.

Charge Extra ($16) tracked the leaders and won the 1200 metres Collie Hotel Maiden Plate by over two lengths, while La Via Mia ($21) gained a good position from an outside barrier and finished best in the 1200 metres Business DNA Class 1 Handicap.

Trained at Dubbo by Clint Lundholm and ridden by Michael Heagney, Stockholm ($6) led all the way to win the 1600 metres AFF Class 1 & Maiden Plate from stablemate Karaoke King (Ronald Simpson, $4.60) and World Atlas (Shayleigh Ingelse, $3.10 to $2.30 favourite).

Punters who supported the short-price favourite He’s All Style (Clayton Gallagher, $1.50 favourite) were left to tear up their tickets when Ready For Lift Off (Ken Dunbar, $21) sprinted along the inside rail to win by almost three lengths from the favourite with Meet In Brazil (James Rogers, $4.80) finishing third in the 1000 metres Western Farm Machinery Maiden Handicap.

Ready For Lift Off (by Odyssey Moon) is trained at Narromine by Kylie Kennedy for Robert Gainsford.

Better known as a galloper suited over longer trips, the Garry Lunn, Dubbo trained Weave That Web (Ronald Simpson, $20) at the first run back from a spell, surprised when rushing home from well back to win the 1400 metres Macquarie Toyota Benchmark 50 Handicap from Island Rock (Kath Bell-Pitomac, $11) and Distinctive Glory (Jayden Barrie, $13).