Teighan Worsnop claimed the first Country Cup victory of her career on Saturday when taking out the Carrathool Cup on the Phil Sweeney-trained Bezazzalled.
Worsnop, who spent over a year as apprentice to Sweeney and rode her first winner for the Jerilderie trainer, said she was thrilled to get the win for connections.
“I was only saying recently that I wanted to win my first country cup, and it’s good to finally get one,” Worsnop said.
“I was apprentice to Phil, and he gave me my first ever winner on Full Circle at Hillston, which was on a dirt track too, and it’s nice for him to put me back on and give me a chance to get the job done and ride the winner.”
Worsnop gave the nine-year-old a good ride just behind the early leader Eamonn’s Memory, and turning for home, Bezazzalled ($4.40) proved too strong to the line.
The pair were able to hold off the Andrew Dale-trained Eamonn’s Memory (Coriah Keatings, $2.30) by 0.68 of a length, while in third and 3.11 lengths back was the Russell Hogan-trained Cooee March (Michael Heagney, $6).
“Coriah led them up and I sat just outside of them and followed them all the way and when we straightened, we were able to head them off for a bit and get it just on the line,” Worsnop said.
Carrathool is a horses for courses type of track, and Worsnop said it was a matter of gallopers handling the surface, which Bezazzalled did.
“It all comes down to the horse; some horses handle it, and some don’t, and you need to be careful where you sit in the running as horses don’t handle the dust and dirt flicking back,” Worsnop said.
“We were lucky, as there was a good breeze on Saturday, which blew the dust off us, and we didn’t have to worry too much.”
The young hoop, who has now won 27 races, earned Sweeney’s praises after Saturday’s win.
“She gave him every chance and that’s all you want, and the horse was too strong at the finish,” Sweeney said.
“It’s a good result for Teighan, and for the team, because it takes a full team to get my horses to the races, and it’s good for everyone involved.”
Sweeney enjoyed a good day out at Carrathool, with the veteran trainer preparing a treble.
Michael Heagney booted home the stables other winners, firstly guiding the locally-owned Magic Jack to victory in the 1000m Class One Handicap before winning on Zofferella in the 1200m Benchmark 50 Handicap.
“Mick rode well, and he gave them both every chance,” Sweeney said.
“The heat and the dirt; it’s tough and they need to be able to handle that, and Mick was good enough to get them both over the line.”
It was another big day at Carrathool, with a huge crowd on hand for the six-race non-TAB program.
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