IN FORM: Ben Looker.
IN FORM: Ben Looker. Adam Hourigan

Christmas comes early for leading jockey

RACING: Grafton jockey Ben Looker has extended his lead atop the Grafton championship standings with a strong day out at home finishing the day with three winners and a couple of placings on Christmas Cup race day.

Looker started out the day on top, storming around the outside of the field to claim the opening maiden on board impressive gelding Cosgrove for Grafton's Neville Stewart.

"I have got a lot of time for him," Looker said. "I think he is a horse that is really going places. He won very easily yesterday and I still don't think Nev has gotten to the bottom of him yet."

Looker also impressed in back to back first place finishes in race six and seven on board Jenny Graham-trained Backhouse Billy and Dan Want-trained Blackridge respectively.

Backhouse Billy was a win for the punters with the $2.15 favourite saluting by half a length to Jason Reilly's Consolari in a powerful finish at the post.

On board Blackridge Looker took a wide berth around the final straight before kicking at the 400m mark to storm past race leader Ilia.

"I am having a good run of it at the moment," he said.

"I have been doing a lot of travelling and have been lucky enough to get on some decent horses of late.

"I had a good day on the Christmas Cup day, my horses had barriers that suited them and race tempos that worked in their favour."

The jockey said it was a priceless feeling to ride a winner for the local trainers because they all battled for their victories.

"These are the locals who are putting in all the hard yards," he said. "They are out there seven days a week, 365 days a year working for their horses so it feels good to ride their winners."

Looker also finished with two second places on board Stephen Lee-trained Profiler in the Christmas Cup feature and Call Us Primi in the Class 1 and Maiden Plate.

GRAFTON RACE RESULTS

Sunday, 20th November, 2016

Track: Good 4

1 - JOHN WRIGHT PLUMBERS/SUPP. MDN 1100m: 3.40 COL'S TIGER (br/bl g 5y Nidan - Dancing Bird. Trainer: Sarah Gaffaney) 58 (Ms J Worley) 1, 8.00 YOUNG AMAZON 55.5 (Ms L G Cheshire) 2, 8.00 DUBLIN DAN 55.5 (T Treichel) 3. Others: 41.00 Stormy Horizon 15.00 Yankee Roller 61.00 Blatant Warrior 2.80 fav Campo Serrano 11.00 Wig Wam Bam 41.00 Double Helix 71.00 Frontier Zou 10.00 Tre Brown 26.00 So She Is last. Scr: Simran, Kiss Me Goodnight. 3-1/2 len, lg hd. 1:03.50. (Last 600m 34.81). TAB Nos: 1 9 7. Win $4.20 place $1.80 $2.10 $2.10. Q: $11.80. E: $24.40. Duets: 1-9: $5.10, 1-7: $5.60, 9-7: $13.50. T: $144.80. First 4: 1-9-7-13: $2,000.40. Sub: 2. Scr: 3,11.

2 - VALLEY SIGNS & PRINTING MDN 1400m: 1.80 fav COSGROVE (ch c 3y Sebring - Classic Quest (USA). Trainer: N R Stewart) 57.5 (B Looker) 1, 5.00 SHREWD 'N' DRAC 59 cd 57 (Jag Guthmann-Chester) 2, 21.00 YEAH THE BOYS 57.5 (S Thurlow) 3. Others: 10.00 Yabulu Lad 11.00 Shaft Of Magic 26.00 Famed 7.00 Linked 61.00 Stormy Deeds 31.00 I'll Tell You How 61.00 Sockly 41.00 The Gunslinger 101.00 Shadow Of Dreams last. Scr: Naughty Corner, Taiko Boom, Royal Receiver, Voanaba, Gallant Girl, Cheers Rossco. 4 len, 2-1/4 len. 1:23.00. (Last 600m 34.88). TAB Nos: 9 3 11. Win $1.60 place $1.30 $1.60 $4.10. Q: $3.70. E: $4.30. Duets: 9-3: $2.00, 9-11: $8.10, 3-11: $7.90. T: $50.20. D: $10.80. First 4: 9-3-11-8: $278.30. Sub: 9. Scr: 2,6,10,14,17,18.

3 - VALLEY PEST CONTROL (BM65) 1000m: 26.00 ALPINE DRAGON (b g 7y Hidden Dragon - Mountain Of Love. Trainer: Colt Prosser) 63 cd 61 (Mollie Partridge) 1, 8.00 MEDIA MAID 59.5 (M Mc Guren) 2, 3.50 I'M A JET 62 (M Bennett) 3. Others: 10.00 Sorority Sister 7.50 Jobiwood 3.20 fav Aimalac Millie 31.00 Rile and 13.00 Ridges Pride dh, 7.00 Shinji 41.00 Color Purple 81.00 Our Grand Finale last. Scr: Hide The Moon. 1/2 len, nse. 0:57.00. (Last 600m 34.14). TAB Nos: 1 7 2. Win $27.90 place $4.20 $1.80 $1.60. Q: $51.90. E: $105.00. Duets: 1-7: $26.40, 1-2: $8.90, 7-2: $5.40. T: $422.60. D: $62.10. First 4: 1-7-2-9: $5,828.30. Sub: 4. Scr: 8.

4 - FORD & DOUGHERTY CHRISTMAS CUP 1200m: 7.00 FLAMING ACES (b m 6y Casino Prince - Incinerate. Trainer: A J Edmonds) 57.5 cd 55.5 (J Hodge) 1, 7.50 PROFILER 58.5 (B Looker) 2, 2.90 fav ISLA POPPY 55.5 (T Treichel) 3. Others: 3.60 Flying Riddle 51.00 Hide The Moon 21.00 Curley Mac 21.00 Budget Bender 21.00 Nothing Like Luca 26.00 Hula Girl 7.50 Finishing Card 11.00 Strawberrychampane last. All started. 3/4 len, nse. 1:08.61. (Last 600m 34.95). TAB Nos: 4 3 8. Win $7.70 place $2.00 $2.40 $1.60. Q: $22.40. E: $52.30. Duets: 4-3: $8.40, 4-8: $4.80, 3-8: $3.90. T: $195.50. D: $271.40. First 4: 4-3-8-2: $784.20. Sub: NSR. All Started.

5 - MCGRATH ELECTRICAL & DATA-C1 1700m: 2.50 eq fav MEXICAN MOUNTAIN (ch g 6y Mount Nelson (GB) - Chichi Romero (NZ). Trainer: J D Shelton) 59 cd 56 (Eric Cheung) 1, 13.00 CALL US PRIMI 57 (B Looker) 2, 2.50 eq fav CANTILLATE 59 (P Graham) 3. Others: 16.00 Dream Stepper 21.00 Mystic Skies 7.50 Brooke Express 26.00 Outback Buck 13.00 Princess Mavi 26.00 Miss Tristy 51.00 Oppose 31.00 Taajir 51.00 Duranbah last. Scr: Rush Of Blood, Duporche. 2 len, len. 1:42.12. (Last 600m 37.65). TAB Nos: 2 6 1. Win $2.50 place $1.30 $3.10 $1.50. Q: $17.00. E: $26.80. Duets: 2-6: $5.70, 2-1: $2.10, 6-1: $8.00. T: $76.80. D: $22.70. First 4: 2-6-1-7: $368.60. Sub: 2. Scr: 4,13.

6 - FORD & DOUGHERTY PLATE (C1) 1700m: 2.15 fav BACKHOUSE BILLY (b g 4y Hinchinbrook - Dictatorial (USA). Trainer: Ms J Graham) 59 (B Looker) 1, 7.00 CONSOLARI 57 (M Paget) 2, 2.60 THE WEALD 56.5 (R Spokes) 3. Others: 17.00 Pink Chaperone 16.00 Maybe The One 17.00 Obsessions 61.00 Testa's Call 31.00 Lucky Hotel 31.00 Funky Monkey 51.00 Saga Del Mar last. Scr: Red Poker, Sweet Shamrock, Dancing Vagabond. Scratched at barrier: Raining On Sunday (10.00). Prices shown are subject to a deduction of 7c win and 5c place. 1/2 len, 1/2 len. 1:43.34. (Last 600m 36.39). TAB Nos: 1 7 13. Win $2.40 place $1.10 $1.70 $1.20. Q: $8.30. E: $14.00. Duets: 1-7: $2.70, 1-13: $1.40, 7-13: $2.90. T: $25.80. D: $9.50. First 4: 1-7-13-9: $108.50. Sub: 13. Scr: 4,5,11,10(L).

7 - GRAFTONREALESTATE.COM (C1) 1200m: 4.20 BLACKRIDGE (b g 3y Dubleo (USA) - Pagan County. Trainer: Daniel Want) 56.5 (B Looker) 1, 10.00 ILIA 56.5 cd 52.5 (Olivia Pickering) 2, 15.00 DUCHILLI 57 cd 55 (Jackson Murphy) 3. Others: 6.50 Pat's Destiny 3.00 fav Dancetime 16.00 Absolute Gem 6.50 Siroccan Lad 17.00 Toscanaway 61.00 Big Shoes 31.00 Hot Mist 21.00 Rebel Icon last. Scr: Viscount Lad, Morning Fare, Stark Luck, Plucky Girl, Lady America, Defrost, The Burglar. 3/4 len, 1/2 nk. 1:09.71. (Last 600m 34.82). TAB Nos: 7 8 5. Win $3.50 place $1.70 $3.30 $4.20. Q: $28.60. E: $45.50. Duets: 7-8: $11.60, 7-5: $14.80, 8-5: $36.30. T: $791.20. D: $9.40. First 4: 7-8-5-10: $6,062.40. Sub: 7. Scr: 1,4,9,11,13,18,16(L).

8 - NIGEL FAHEY PLUMBING (BM60) 1400m: 10.00 MORINGA'S STROLLER (b g 7y Pembroke (USA) - Our Shout. Trainer: M D Trihey) 58 (M Paget) 1, 16.00 MULLET MAN 62 (R Plumb) 2, 7.00 FIRST RAIN 58.5 (B Looker) 3. Others: 7.50 Court Order 31.00 Camayoc 7.50 Amajill 15.00 Name And Shame 31.00 Moringa's Dolly 4.40 fav Text Me 26.00 Born To Run Easy 7.00 Anne Bonny 6.00 Kylie's Rocking 31.00 Seven Ten Split 16.00 Interject last. Scr: Diversifier, Sky Brook, Heavenly Dancer, Brasileiro Macho. Sht 1/2 hd, lg nk. 1:22.88. (Last 600m 36.23). TAB Nos: 8 1 6. Win $10.10 place $3.00 $5.40 $2.70. Q: $127.40. E: $211.00. Duets: 8-1: $42.70, 8-6: $7.30, 1-6: $39.90. T: $1,445.80. D: $60.20. First 4: 8-1-6-2: $15,066.40. Sub: 7. Scr: 3,13,17,18.

DAILY DOUBLE on races 6 and 8: Backhouse Billy (1) - Moringa's Stroller (8) $34.60. Subs: 13,7.

EARLY QUADDIE on races 1,2,3,4: (1) (9) (1) (4): $2,541.40. Subs: 2,9,4,NSR.

QUADDIE ON races 5,6,7,8: (2) (1) (7) (8): $392.50. Subs: 2,13,7,7.



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