Tumbarumba product and Wagga based apprentice Molly Bourke enjoyed one of her best days in the saddle on Saturday when riding a winning-treble at Murrumbidgee Turf Club’s Aggies Race Day.
It only took Bourke until the second race on the program to ride a winner when guiding the Ben Brisbourne-trained Dash to the Bar ($5.50) to victory in the 1500m Benchmark 58 Handicap.
Later on the seven-race-card, the two-kilogram claimer had her second winner when combining with one of her favourite horses, Mouse Almighty ($13) for George Dimitropoulos in the 1000m Open Handicap sprint.
Bourke had to wait until the penultimate event to secure her treble and the win came for her boss Doug Gorrel when guiding Tinge of Ginge ($6.50) to a good win in the 1200m Country Boosted Maiden Handicap.
Bourke, who recently moved back to Wagga after a stint in Canberra, was understandably over the moon with her results, and she seemed to thrive in the heavy 10 conditions.
“It was awesome,” Bourke said.
“I love the track, and it helps when it is wet, because you know how to judge the horses based on the track and conditions and it definitely helped a lot on Saturday.”
While she didn’t go to the races expecting to ride a treble, Bourke was confident leading into the always-popular Wagga race day when jumping aboard Mouse Almighty.
“I definitely knew I had some good chances,” Bourke said.
“Mouse is one of my favourites; that’s my fifth win on her now and I was confident, and the wet track suited her down to the ground.
“She doesn’t normally go too well fresh, but we gave her two trials this prep and she won well.
Dash to the Bar was a late pick-up ride for Bourke after fellow apprentice Fiona Sandkuhl didn’t ride at the meeting, while Tinge of Ginge was somewhat of an unknown quantity.
“I picked up the ride on Dash to the Bar because Fiona Sandkuhl couldn’t ride it, and looking at the form quickly on the day, I knew the wet tack would suit him and he ran really well,” Bourke said.
“Tinge of Ginge was a first starter, and I knew she had the ability, but whether she would put it together on the race day was the concern but she went good.”
A decent crowd of nearly 4000 people attended the Aggies Race Day, and Bourke enjoyed riding in front of locals, friends and family who made the trip across for the day.
“I had some family down, and all my Tumbarumba friends were there and it was nice to ride and win a couple in front of them,” Bourke said.
Bourke and her master Doug Gorrel have been doing well since moving from Canberra to Wagga, and the young jockey believes their horses are enjoying life at the Murrumbidgee Turf Club complex.
“I really enjoy being back and close to my home town,” Bourke said.
“It’s much more laid back and what I like and the horses seem to be much more relaxed with the track being a lot quieter and all is going really good.”
Bourke will be back in action this weekend when travelling to Jerilderie for their annual cup meeting on Saturday before trekking across to Bathurst on Sunday for The Panorama and Bathurst Cup meeting.