Priscilla Schmidt wins best jockey of the Racing Carnival
IT CAME down to the very last race of the carnival but Priscilla Schmidt held her nerve to be confirmed Jockey of the Carnival.
Schmidt rode Scotty Be Gotti into third place in the Class 2 Handicap late yesterday and collected one premiership which was enough to edge out nearest rival Matthew Paget who finished unplaced in the same race on Dreams Of Gold. Schmidt finished with 20 points, the highlight being her win on Poetic Debate ($12) in the Mother's Gift on Grafton Cup Day.
Paget rode a double yesterday, saluting on the Ruth Cooper-trained Circle Of Fame and Maclean Cup winner Primed To Win to take his tally to 18 points, equal with Brisbane jockey Tim Bell, who did not ride at Grafton yesterday.
Kaylee Kirkwood (17), charged into fourth with a win, two seconds and a third on the final day of the carnival, while Matthew McGuren (15) was fifth despite only riding at the first three meetings.
Gordon Yorke snared consecutive second placings yesterday with Complete Secret and Radiologist, both ridden by Kirkwood, which was enough to earn the Coffs Harbour mentor Trainer of the Carnival honours.
Yorke finished with 13 points, just ahead of Tamworth's Leon Davies who opened the door by not bringing any horses to Grafton for Maclean Cup Day.
Bede Murray was next on 10, followed by Ruth Cooper (9), Grafton's John Shelton (8) and Ken Lantry (8).