Number two Jigsaws, ridden by local Matthew Paget, leads Ogre to the line at Grafton’s races yesterday.
Number two Jigsaws, ridden by local Matthew Paget, leads Ogre to the line at Grafton’s races yesterday. Debrah Novak

Yorke plans Perrett double

YOUTHFUL exuberance may have cost apprentice Nicholas Perrett a $200 stewards' fine but neither his transgression, muddied face nor sodden jodhpurs could wipe the smile off the kid's face after a winning double at Grafton yesterday.

Raised in Grafton for 15 years before beginning his riding career in Muswellbrook under Mack Griffith, the 19-year-old made an immediate impact after transferring his indentures to Coffs Harbour trainer Gordon Yorke only last Sunday.

Perrett rode a double for his master – Moneysaver in the Bundaberg Rum Benchmark 55 Hcp (1100m) and Mooltan in the Bundy Bear Benchmark 55 Hcp (1100m).

Followers of the Yorke stable cleaned up, four-year-old mare Moneysaver starting $8 and Mooltan, a gelding by Rock Of Cashel, going to the post at $11.

Perrett's winning ride aboard Moneysaver earned the stewards' ire.

Just before the winning post, Perrett waved his whip high in the air, a la Glenn Boss.

“I haven't rode a winner for a while, I just got excited,” Perrett sheepishly told Northern Rivers chief steward Craig Pringle.

“I'm not a fan of it (waving the whip) either before or after the post,” Pringle retorted.

“Although, after the winning post the rules say you can please yourself.

“The fine is $200 for the celebratory gesture.

“And the fines only go up from here,” Pringle warned.

Boss, who rode a group one double at Rosehill on Saturday and best known for his association with three-time Melbourne Cup-winner Makybe Diva, was once warned by Sydney chief steward Ray Murrihy he would suspend the rider's license if his whip-waving penchant, which cost him many thousand of dollars in fines, continued unabated.

Perrett, under Yorke's astute guidance, will never reach Boss' dilemma but Yorke predicts a bright future for the fresh-faced youngster.

“Watch this kid go to the top,” Yorke suggested.

“He rode and rated both horses perfectly.

“If he keeps his head down, he'll go a long way.”

Perrett, with 22 career wins, has been delighted with his move.

“Gordon has taught me as much in a week as I've learned in my lifetime. He's been great,” Perrett said.

“My aim is to ride as many winners as I can.

"My dream is to ride in a Melbourne Cup.

"Hopefully I can get there one day.”

Yorke revealed he devised a pre-race plan how to best ride Moneysaver (Reset-Zimbello), a half-sister to his classy race mare and Queen Of The North winner Rare Diamond, on the way to the races yesterday.

“Carried out to perfection,” Yorke added.

Perrett has a wonderful opportunity to advance his career under the noted New Zealand-born horseman.

His true test will come when his claim evaporates.

Conditions worsened mid-afternoon yesterday, heavy rain resulting in a track downgrade from slow 7 to heavy 9.

Mud-spattered riders were the order of the day, with rider vision at one stage threatening the meeting.

Local John Shelton continued a resurgence, headstrong filly I Shuffle lobbing late to win the Smirnoff Vodka Maiden (1100m).

It was the second leg of a winning double for Matthew Paget, who scored on Darley castoff Jigsaws, trained by Leo Clapham and backed from $2.50 into $1.80, in the Smirnoff Black Maiden (1100m).

“She's had a bit of an attitude problem,” Shelton said of I Shuffle, bred and part-owned by Kirk Elliott of Lismore.

“She's got ability and is improving with age and maturity.”

I Shuffle will be given one more run, then a short break and targeted towards the July Racing Carnival.

Samantha's Opinion, trained by Fred Adams, recently transferred from Toowoomba to Coffs Harbour, is another filly headed towards the July Carnival.

The $10,000 yearling purchase, owned by Vince Ernst, a Home Loans proprietor in Toowoomba, has been a slow maturer Adams said.

“She's out of a Zabeel mare and I honestly think she's got a future, especially over longer later in her career,” he said.

“She's got a bit of a mind of her own, a typical filly, but should keep improving.”

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