Cambridge Girls Shine at Counties

You could have been forgiven for thinking it was Ladies Day at Counties on Saturday.
More specifically, Cambridge Ladies Day.
Cambridge based females dominated proceedings at the Counties Racing Club’s meeting.
Local jockeys Trudy Thornton and Maija Vance along with trainers Sally House and Helen Sanson all experienced success.
 
First cab off the rank was apprentice jockey Maija Vance.
Vance recently transferred her indentureship to Cambridge trainer Chris McNab, a move which has paid immediate dividends.
“Chris rode with my father Bob during their careers many, many years ago , and Chris suggested I move to Cambridge for more opportunities” said Vance.
Vance has wasted little time racking up the winners since her shift to Cambridge and added another double to her tally on Saturday.
She scored first up with Toughasim for Byerley Park trainer Sean Clotworthy.
Always handily placed in the small field, Toughasim   staved off the late challenge from favourite Sarsarun.
“We were always travelling well and once the gap appeared I was confident of winning” said Vance.
Vance was also successful aboard the Sally House trained Maharishi.
Well supported on the strength of some consistent recent performances, Maharishi sat outside the pacemaker Azincourt.
“He was just cruising along and I knew he’d be hard to beat on the home turn” she said .
Making the success even more enjoyable was the trainer / jockey association.
“Sally has always supported me and it’s nice to win on one of her horses” said Vance
Vance intends to stay in Cambridge for the long haul.
“One of the main reasons for shifting here, apart from more opportunities,  was so that I could ride at more Central Districts meetings” she said.
Judging by the results so far, Vance’s move to Cambridge is proving a winner.
 
 
Trudy Thornton also saluted at Counties on Saturday.
The vastly experienced hoop, scored aboard John Gray over  1600m.
Allowing her mount time to settle in a small field, Thornton got busy as the field turned for home.
“I thought momentarily we weren’t going to get there, but he unwound strongly the last little bit” said Thornton.
John Gray scored by half a length from Affairoftheheart and the pace maker Coolross.
Thornton was hopeful the win will be a sign of things to come this season.
“I’m still enjoying my riding and it’s always nice to kick home a winner” she said.
 
 
Also successful at Counties was local trainer Helen Sanson.
Sanson picked up another win with her lightly raced galloper Master Micheal.
The under rated Bachelor Duke gelding  scored gamely for Hong Kong bound rider Mark Du Plessis.
“That was a gutsy effort ” said Du Plessis on returning to scale.
After getting back third last on the home turn, Master Micheal unwound strongly  to beat Go Paddy and another local Hawick Park.
Sanson has always managed a reasonable strike rate with the small team she has in work and she looks set for more success with Master Micheal.
 
 
Finally, and just to prove it isn’t a one way street, some bloke McDonald kicked home a winner last weekend too.
Fresh from his record shattering deeds last season,  James McDonald scored at Flemington last Saturday.
His success aboard Temple Of Boom in the Group Three Aurie Star Stakes, confirmed  what we have always known.
The young fella can ride!
McDonald’s star continues to rise and it is a matter of time before he heads off shore permanently.
 
I’ll catch you next week.
 
Cheers
 
George.