CHAMPIONSHIPS: Form gets Looker on board at Scone
RACING: The incredible run of form for Grafton jockey Ben Looker has seen the hoop chosen to ride in the Hunter and North West Country Championships qualifier at Scone tomorrow.
Looker, who has a 13% win rate across his 436 starts, will hop in the saddle on Craig Martin- trained Mapmaker.
It will be the second time Looker has ridden the gelding, after he piloted it to its last win in the Gwydir Handicap at Moree in July last year.
Looker will launch from the 'carpark' (barrier 18) and faces a tough test with top chance All Summer Long (Greg Bennet) on his inside.
The Scone qualifier has produced the first two $400,000 Championships final winners and Looker will be hoping he can guide Mapmaker within a chance at the April final.
In a strange twist of fate Looker will be opposing qualifier favourite Art D'Amour (Cody Morgan) after piloting him to his most recent victory. Top metro hoop and 2016 Ramornie Handicap winning jockey Tye Angland takes the reins in the qualifier.
SCONE COUNTRY CHAMPIONSHIPS QUALIFIER
1 THREE SHEETS 59kg (T Harrison) (4) Jeremy Sylvester
2 MAPMAKER 59kg (B Looker) (18) Craig Martin
3 STRICTLY CONCERT 57.5kg (A Gibbons) (13) Mark Mason
4 ART D'AMOUR 57.5kg (T Angland) (15) Cody Morgan
5 AFTER ALL THAT 57.5kg (P King) (7) Rodney Northam
6 SASSABY 57.5kg (R Murray) (8) Greg Bennett 8 57.5 66
7 DE LA HOYA 57.5kg (C O'Brien) (11) Mark Mason
8 ALL SUMMER LONG 56kg (G Ryan) (16) Greg Bennett
9 CAERLESS CHOICE (fav) 56kg (M Bell) (9) Paul Messara
10 NIC'S VENDETTA 56kg (A Bullock) (5) Todd Howlett
11 INVIENNA 55.5kg (R King (a)) (12) Greg Bennett
12 ALLITERATE SCRATCHED
13 LONELY ORPHAN 55.5kg (S Thurlow) (1) Lesley Jeffriess
14 L'ELU 54kg (R Thompson) (14) Rodney Northam
15e HOOGE SCRATCHED
16e BOB'S TICKET 54kg (S Lisnyy) (6) Amanda Langlar
17e PELERIN 56kg (No Jockey) (2) Cody Morgan
18e DAN ROY 56kg (No Jockey) (3) Leon Davies