Credit all round after I Paco win

I Paco (Lynsey Satherley) finishing strongly down the outside for a big win at Te Rapa.

I Paco (Lynsey Satherley) finishing strongly down the outside for a big win at Te Rapa.

Cambridge jockey Lynsey Satherley celebrated a double within three days when winning on I Paco at Te Rapa yesterday, but she was quick to deflect credit to the successful trainers, Margaret and Tim Carter.

“It was a great training effort,” said Satherley after dismounting from the promising three-year-old.

I Paco had not raced since making his debut at Te Aroha on March 17 when finishing a creditable fourth to Mighty Me, who went on to win again two starts later, and a subsequent winner Indian Maid.

“It was a wee bit of a surprise,” said Margaret Carter. “He’s had no jumpouts, no trial and was thrown in the deep end.

“I said to Lynsey not to push him out and go with the speedsters, let him get comfortable.”

Satherley followed the instructions to the letter, letting I Paco “find his feet.”

I Paco was in the rear on settling and improved wide across the top to be within striking range on straightening for the run home.

After some jostling with another runner, I Paco was balanced up and unleashed a strong finish to challenge 100 metres from the finish and go on to win by a length and a half from Nightsong.

It was indeed a top run from the son of Paco Boy and Satherley predicts there is much more to come. “He’s still quite raw,” she said.

Satherley is one of the hardest-working riders and raceday rides don’t come easily, but when she gets an opportunity she makes the most of it, as she showed last Thursday when trekking south to ride at Stratford.

Satherley teamed up with Stratford trainers Dick and Chris Bothwell when riding Blazing Opal in the Ravensdown and Spreaders Maiden 2000 and did the job admirably, guiding the Librettist four-year-old to a four-length win.

Blazing Opal had to settle for eight placings in 22 previous starts and Satherley was aboard for the first time at Stratford.

She settled the gelding midfield and saved plenty of ground, working him through near the inner to be challenging for lead turning for home. From then on it was a one-horse race.