CASINO Queen jumped well and finished even better to claim yesterday’s $15,000 Les Howard Willow Tree Cup (1450m) at Quirindi.
The four-year-old mare, trained at Broadmeadow by Jason Deamer, had been beginning poorly, missing the jump, said John Deamer who was looking after the four-year-old daughter of Casino Prince for his son.
“She jumped better today,” jockey Greg Ryan smiled to Deamer as he unsaddled.
“She didn’t give them three lengths start today and got across on the rail just in behind them.”
Everything then went perfectly, said Ryan, who notched a fourth win for the day in the benchmarked 60 handicap Cup.
John Deamer was delighted for his son, who has 10 horses in work.
“She’s been giving them three lengths start and still running good races,” Deamer said.
“She’s been a nice little horse for her Newcastle owners. They are all friends of Jason’s.”
Casino Queen has now won five of her 21 starts and will continue to race around the country race meetings for her large syndicate.
For Ryan, riding four winners on the seven-race TAB program was a highlight.
The “rising 49-year-old” rode three in succession, starting with Srinika (Pat Farrell) moving on to Winning Snip (Luke Griffith) and then scoring aboard Todd Howlett’s Binesi before his run was halted by Tamworth apprentice Adam Sewell and Emperor Of Rome.
He was back in the winner’s stall straight away when Casino Queen mowed down Robert Thompson and the Sandra McCormack-trained Storm Ahead to win the Cup.
“Pretty good,” he said of the four winners.
“I’m happy with that. I didn’t expect it today though.”
He thinks he’s ridden somewhere “around 3200 winners”.
“That’s close to the mark,” he said of a career that makes him Australia’s third most winning jockey.
“I’ll never catch Robert,” he said of Thompson, who rode his 4000th winner at Newcastle on Saturday. “He’s done well, a real credit to him.”