Jockey Ben Looker congratulates his horse Single Chance after winning the John Carlton Cup
Photo Adam Hourigan / The Daily Examiner
Jockey Ben Looker congratulates his horse Single Chance after winning the John Carlton Cup Photo Adam Hourigan / The Daily Examiner Adam Hourigan

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.

Ben Looker is interviewed after his winning ride on Thunder Set in Race 1 at Clarence River Jockey Club.
Ben Looker is interviewed after his winning ride on Thunder Set in Race 1 at Clarence River Jockey Club. Adam Hourigan

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



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