It was the Jarrod Fry-Seymour show at the Tatura races on Sunday – he rode a double and both trainers call Seymour home.
For one of them – Peter Smith – the win was the last thing he had expected.
He shouldn’t have been surprised - Fry followed every instruction and delivered the perfect ride Smith had planned as he steered five-year-old mare Mischinka to victory in the $22 000 Admoor Plumbing Handicap over 1600 m.
“You are always hopeful but I wasn’t really expecting her to get up today, although she races well at Tatura. She won here a couple of weeks ago and again today, and Jarrod was in the saddle both times,” Smith said after the race.
“He is in a real patch of form at the moment and is picking up a winner at virtually every meeting he attends.”
Mischinka completed a double for Fry after he earlier took out the second race on the card, the $23 000 TAC Be Ready Plate over 1000 m, with Mark Thomas’ Porky Pine.
“This is Mischinka’s 10th start this prep and while I might have to think about how much longer she goes, she is trained out of a paddock and is in pretty good shape,” Smith said.
“We’ll get her home and see how she pulls up and how she goes over the next couple of days and maybe then decide whether to put her back in the paddock for a long spell or find another race.”
She has been incredibly lightly raced - Sunday was just her 14th start in a career which began at Echuca in July 2017 – but 10 runs this time in is a pretty big number.
When they jumped on Sunday, Mischinka immediately found herself at the front, but Fry quickly found a spot under cover and cruised along midfield until coming off the back turn when he peeled away from the inside into some space, giving him an uninterrupted run to the line.
Smith said he had 14 horses in work and was a regular at Seymour, Benalla and Tatura, using the tracks for training as well as on race days.
Earlier, Fry wasn’t going to take any risks of being run down, with Porky Pine showing good speed out of the gate. Fry seized the opportunity to take the three-year-old gelding to the lead and never slowed down.
The expected challenges came as they hit the home straight, but Fry had it all timed to perfection.
The win was the first for Porky Pine, in its fourth start.
For Thomas, it was justification for the belief he had that this was a horse with potential.
“I drove him all the way to Morphettville for a race because I was sure he was a good one, but he was too busy wanting to bull all the time,” Thomas said.
“But since he has been gelded he has been doing everything right and it all came together at Tatura.
“I will still be taking him through the classes, but I suspect he has the potential to go to town at some point in the future. But for now we will just keep pushing him along on bush tracks and see if he can really prove himself.”
Running a small team of horses in work and training, Thomas said it was good to get Fry in the saddle, as the jockey was on a roll.