Cambridge horsewomen end drought

Lynsey Satherley returning to scale on Fantasy Jet at Tauranga today.

Lynsey Satherley returning to scale on Fantasy Jet at Tauranga today.

Jockey Lynsey Satherley was back in the winner’s circle at Tauranga today, but she hadn’t waited as long as trainer Sally House to celebrate another win.

The pair of Cambridge horsewomen combined successfully with Fantasy Jet to narrowly win the Kiwi Bus Builders 1600 in a desperate finish with another Cambridge galloper, the John Bell-trained Chequesinthemail.

It was Satherley’s first win since she returned to race riding early last month after undergoing surgery on her right shoulder last April. Since making her comeback she had picked up six placings from 29 rides going into today’s meeting so it was a relief to finally break through for a win.

However, it was nothing compared to the wait experienced by House between her latest wins. House had been off the winner’s list since the 2012-13 season when saddling up three winners, the latest being The Paperboy on the final day of that term at Rotorua.

House never has more than a half-dozen horses in work and Fantasy Jet, a four-year-old daughter of Fast ‘N’ Famous, is her sole representative of the stable at the racing stage.

“The three I’ve got in work are all related,” said House. “The other two, a gelding by Patapan and a filly by Perfectly Ready, are from Whiritoa Bay and they’re just being educated.”

Whiritoa Bay is a Pins half-sister to Fantasy Jet’s dam, Jet Home, and won two races from the House stable.

Whiritoa Bay’s brother, the six-race winner Roman Toia, was responsible for House’s other two wins during that 2012-13 season when scoring at Tauranga in January 2013 and four months later at Pukekohe.

House also prepared Jet Home to win four races and a common thread is Fantasy Jet’s co-breeder Wayne Beatty, who along with a few partners have enjoyed success racing the relatives.

Beatty was on hand at Tauranga today for the latest celebration from the family which dates back to Fantasy Jet’s grandam, the Brilliant Invader mare Home Bay.

Fantasy Jet had done no better than a fifth and a sixth in six previous starts, but gave her connections some hope when winning a three-horse trial at Te Teko recently.

“She’s a lightly framed mare who has needed time and she still needs a bit more time,” said House. “I thought she would sit back and run on if she could today and she did better. Lynsey rode her well.”

Fantasy Jet got home by a head from Chequesinthemail, who was cutting into her lead within the shadows of the winning post. And one of the first on hand to congratulate House was the runner-up’s trainer, John Bell.

Satherley came close to a win aboard her first ride today, Irish Call, who fought strongly when second to Pasabahce in the second event, then finished unplaced on Neat Aza Pin before her win on Fantasy Jet in the next race.

Satherley doesn’t have a ride at Te Rapa tomorrow, but she will be keeping tabs on the performance of the David Greene-trained Stolen Dance, who will be ridden by Sam Spratt in the Gr. 2 $100,000 Cal Isuzu Stakes.

Satherley is unbeaten in two rides on Stolen Dance and the Te Rapa mare was her last ride, when winning at Ellerslie last March, before she underwent her operation.