JOCKEY Jerry Noske of High Wycombe just missed out on claiming her second big win on Precious Memories when the pair finished second in the $100,000 Schweppes – Ascot 1000 Guineas (1800m) at Ascot on Saturday, March 4.
Noske and Precious Memories were in the winner’s circle on February 18 after winning the $100,000 Challenge Stakes (1500m).
In the Vale Sid Richardson Handicap (1200m) the Jim Taylor-trained Gigante and jockey Shelby Bowtell made their way across from barrier seven.
At the start of the home straight Gigante kicked away to lead by more than a length.
But Shady Gray who had been travelling just behind them closer to the inner rail started to pick his pace.
Gigante was still in front at 100m but Shady Gray and jockey Joseph Azzopardi kept going to nail Gigante right on the finish line.
Soundcheck finished third for trainer Trevor Andrews of Henley Brook in the Supremacy Stakes (1000m).
Stewards said Soundcheck, who started from barrier seven in a field of nine was impeded for clear running from on straightening until angled outwards approaching the 200m.
Earlier at Ascot one of Taylor’s other gallopers finished last in the Schweppes WATC Derby Day – 8 April Handicap (1400m).
Stewards said Prime Witness ridden by jockey Jason Brown slipped when leaving the barriers. They said the mare raced keenly through the early stages and steadied getting its head in the air passing the 1200m.
“A post-race veterinary examination revealed the mare to be slow to recover,’’ they said.
Barzinho finished second for Henley Brook trainer Chris Gangemi in the Get the Tabtouch Handicap (1800m).
But Gangemi had no luck with Jintang in the St Patrick’s Raceday – 17 March Handicap (1400m).
Jintang and jockey Jarrad Noske finished in sixth place behind Forseen.
By Anita McInnes