There wouldn’t be many trainer/jockey combinations in better form right now than Cameron Crockett and Brooke Stower.
The Scone trainer has teamed up with the Tamworth jockey with good success, with Stower starting 50 times on Crockett’s runners over the past six months, winning 13 times and placing on 28 occasions, giving the combination a 26% win rate and 56% place rate.
Stower is now Crockett’s go-to hoop in the bush, and he explained the relationship grew out of thin air.
“The funny thing is, I had never really taken notice of her as a rider until six months ago when one of my owners asked me to put her on,” Crockett said.
“I thought maybe it was a case of getting someone new on and having that early success, and you expect it to plateau, but she has been riding a majority of my horses since December and we have been getting a lot of winners.”
The pair seem to be on the same wavelength too, with Crockett explaining that Stower knows exactly what is needed to be done, and he was happy with the fact that she rode every galloper like they were a chance of winning.
“Basically, when she has a few rides for me, the night before I send her a message and I ask her what she thinks and she will write back, and 95% of the time, her thoughts are the same as mine and she rides the horses at work and she knows them well,” Crockett said.
“Plus, you can look at the first few winners she had for us, some of them weren’t in the market, but she rides all of them like she can win, and she is confident on all horses.”
On Friday, the duo will team up in the $200,000 Tamworth Cup with Constant Flight going around over the 1400m trip.
The former Queensland galloper arrived in NSW with a handy record of 25 starts for eight wins and six placings and has only had the one start in NSW for connections, winning on debut at Muswellbrook when taking out the $50,000 Wayne Harris Showcase Handicap.
Ridden by Stower on that day, the seven-year-old showed off a superior turn of foot to lead over the 1280m journey, before kicking away to win comfortably for Stower.
Crockett explained it was the young jockey’s good front-running riding ability which gave any leader every chance in races.
“What she does on front runners that other jockeys don’t always do is that she has the confidence in the horse, and she will lead, then give them a mid-race breather then kick away again before the other horses have a chance to catch up,” Crockett said.
“There is nothing worse than when jockeys lead, then have that breather but wait for the other horses and then try and outsprint them.
“Brooke will get all the other horses chasing, which is exactly what she did on Constant Flight at Muswellbrook.”
Crockett conceded the Tamworth Cup would be a harder mission, but he hoped to see Stower and Constant Flight running the field along over the seven furlongs.
“It’s going to be harder to do that at Tamworth. There will be better horses besides us and a fair bit of pressure in the race, but Brooke will give him a squeeze and we will see what happens,” Crockett said.
“He is every chance in the race, but it’s just going to come back to the way the track is playing and where he gets to in the run.”
Crockett and Stower will also combine with Imperioness in the 1400m Class One Handicap, while Stower has a big book of rides on the Tamworth Showcase program.
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