Kingston arrives on time
BENCHMARK 62 HCP: Apprentice Jodi Worley earned all the plaudits with a smart ride that got grand old stager Kingston Time home at Grafton yesterday.
The 24-year-old lass, indentured to Paddy Cunningham at Glen Innes, summed up the Warrior Within Benchmark 62 Hcp (2350m) to perfection when she elected to take the Paul Grills-trained seven-year-old to the front down the back of the course.
"That was a beautiful ride by Jodi," Armidale-based Grills said. "She worked out they were going to slow and went around them.
"We didn't have to do a lot of work to get there either."
After getting to the front, Worley was able to get Kingston Time to relax and he kicked again in the home straight to run out a 2-3/4 length winner from El Toby ($4.60) and Rapidus ($11).
Smart punters were right on the mark too, Kingston Time firming from $6 into $4.60 second elect.
Yesterday's win was Worley's sixth on the gelding, who has now won 11 races from 93 starts.
"It should have been seven," Worley suggested.
"He dead-heated in a race at Warwick but when they blew up the photo finish he was actually second. They took the race off him," she lamented.
"He's as wonderful horse to ride. He always tries.
"Down the back, Cyril Small (Hoagy) was umming and ahhing if he was going to come off the fence and they were just going too slow, so I whipped up around them.
"He got there easy. He would have pulled his head off if I'd tried to restrain him.
"I was never 100 percent sure if the others were going to get him but at the 200 metres I didn't hear anything coming and knew we were home."
Kingston Time is almost considered a local in Grafton after having 16 starts at the track and winning his maiden at Grafton.
"He's been a good old horse," Grills enthused.
"He's tough and backs up week after week.
"At home he's never been any trouble. He's a real gooden and he's far from finished yet."