Travelling far reaps rewards

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Apprentice Emily Farr made the most of her trip to Woodville yesterday when being the most successful jockey on the day.

The Cambridge-based 25-year-old (pictured), who successfully mixes flat and jumps riding, headed to Woodville in pursuit of her first win for the new season, having had four previous rides since August 1, and she got more than she bargained on.

She wasted no time getting on the winner’s list, kicking home her first mount of the day, the Kevin Myers-trained Selwyn in the second event, the Stewards Stayers 2100.

Farr was having her first ride on the eight-year-old, who was bred and is owned by Sylvia and Paddy Kay. The Kays joined forces with Myers to celebrate Grand National Hurdles success with Ngario a day earlier at Riccarton.

Farr and Myers then successfully backed up in the next event, the Stayers with Crash Bandicoot, who was fresh from a second to Eric The Viking in the Wellington Steeplechase.

It was a vast change of fortune for Farr on Crash Bandicoot as in her other ride on the Casual Lies eight-year-old she parted company with 300 metres to run in a maiden steeplechase at Hawera last May.

Farr completed her treble of wins at Woodville on Sussed, a seven-year-old Istidaad mare, in the eighth race, the Farmlands Palmerston North 1600 for Tauherenikau owner-trainer Bill Armstrong.

She is now unbeaten in two rides on Sussed, having also guided him to victory in his previous start, at Awapuni late last month.

Farr kicked home 16 winners last season and her tally now sits on 31, a figure she hopes to improve on tomorrow at Te Rapa where she has five rides, including Bransome, who will be chasing his fourth win in succession in the final event, the SVS Laboratories 1400.

The first of Bransome’s wins came in June last year when ridden by Daniel Hain and Farr has been aboard for both his starts this campaign.

In his first run for 13 months and with the benefit of a couple of trials, Bransome won convincingly over 1200 metres at Matamata on July 20 for Te Awamutu trainer Frank Neill and the seven-year-old backed up 10 days later with a strong win over 1400 at Rotorua.

Bransome’s only other career start was in early June last year when fourth at Matamata.