Two old friends John Wheeler and Brett Scott combined again for another win at Moonee Valley but this time in different roles.
The two Kiwi’s for years have combined to take Australasia’s best jumps races with Scott riding.
Last night the former champion jumps jockey was playing foreman when Verification easily won the Alternate Rail Maiden (1533m).
The Kiwi-connection stayed strong with visiting apprentice Daniel Stackhouse aboard.
General thought was the place to be at the Valley was in front but in this race jockeys over compensated.
Sezwho worked to lead but Unreal, Kenona Lass (three wide) and Big Sunday (four-wide) immediately applied pressure.
Kenona Lass led Big Sunday but at the 600m Unreal moved up three wide to tackle for the lead again.
Sez Who and Big Sunday gave it away before the turn as Mighty Serene moved up to the leaders.
At the home turn Verification was still last and wide but flashed home to win running away.
He beat Mighty Serene and Kenona Lass.
It was Verification’s first win in 16 starts but being a $30,000 maiden, connections were happy.
“I am very happy for the owners, he has been a bridesmaid for some time,” Scott said.
“I told Daniel not to go too early as he has a 300 to 400m run and then he will just grind.
“I suppose the worry was could horses get home from the back but he wound up nicely.
“He should have won a race before now but a $30,000 maiden is beautiful.
Scott gave up riding after injuries required surgery and is now going to turn his hand to training.
“The paperwork has been submitted and unless the RVL knocks me back I will soon be training.”
Stackhouse who has ridden six winners in his past 17 rides praised Verification’s acceleration.
“He got plenty of speed on and it suited him,” he said.
“I was worried at the 600m as he was still last and the two horses I wanted to track weren’t giving me a lot to follow.
“He felt like he has an amazing turn of foot, he has done a good job.”
|1||2||VERIFICATION||John Wheeler||Daniel Stackhouse (a2)||4||58kg (cd 56kg)||$7|
|2||9||MIGHTY SERENE||John Hogan||Peter Mertens||4L||1||56kg||$7.50|
|3||7||KENONA LASS||Wayne Nichols||Dean Holland||5.75L||5||56kg||$10|
|4||5||UNREAL||Fran Houlahan & Brian Johnston||Ms Michelle Payne||5.95L||3||56.5kg||$18|
|5||6||HISSING BENBARA||Tony Rosolini||Ms Stacey Rawiller (a3)||7.95L||8||56kg (cd 53kg)||$21|
|6||1||BIG SUNDAY||Anthony Cummings||Dean Yendall||8.05L||10||58kg||$4|
|7||10||VALDAINE||Sue Naylor||Ryan Maloney||10.3L||2||56kg||$20|
|8||3||ITZABLUR||Shane Nichols||Ibrahim Gundogdu (a1.5)||12.55L||9||56.5kg (cd 55kg)||$10|
|9||4||SEZWHO||Anthony Freedman||Craig Newitt||19.55L||6||56.5kg||$3.20F|
|FF||8||LIQUID SUNSHINE||Jenette Burgess||Chris Symons||7||56kg||$31|
|13e||NICE AND BRIEF||Brendan McCarthy||0|
|11e||VIZHAKA||Monica Cid||Brad Rawiller||0|
|12e||PARNISSIUS||Mark Kavanagh||Michael Rodd||0|