TRAINER Scott Aspery hopeda breakthrough home victory for Bridyn May on Tuesday was a sign of things to come for his small Newcastle stable after a tough year.
BREAKTHROUGH: Bridyn May and trainer Scott Aspery after their win on Tuesday. Picture: Jonathan Carroll
Bridyn May, a four-year-old Snitzel mare on the comeback from tendon surgery, gave Aspery his first winner since January this year in the 900-metre maiden at Newcastle.
The victory was the $50,000 Inglis yearling sale buy’s first in seven career starts and was a welcomed boost for Aspery, who moved to Newcastle in July.
The 44-year-old, who did his apprenticeship underGai Waterhouse,John O’Shea, Graeme Rogerson and Bart Cummings, trained at Warwick Farm for six years before moving his young familyto Gosford in January.That stay was cut short when the house and stables he was renting were sold.
Aspery’s team havegone from nine to three horses since the relocation to Newcastle and two were in race three on Tuesday.
Victory lifts Aspery for new year rebuild TweetFacebook Newcastle racesJonathan CarrollBridyn May, with Luke Cumberland aboard, jumped well to take the lead and she kicked away close to home to win by more than two lengths. Stablemate Toffee Drop was fifth.
Aspery said it was a “nice note to end the year on” as he tried to kick-start his stables in Newcastle.
“I always felt this mare had the class but I just thought the 900 was short of her best,” Aspery said.“But she had two jump outs and no trials leading into today so she was going to run wellfresh. She just dominated from the front and was too strong.
“That’s thefirst one since the end of January, when we left Warwick Farm, so it’s been a bit of a lean patch, but hopefully that’s a sign of things to come.
“It’s just a rebuilding process.We’ve still got our loyal clients from Sydney but we’re just looking to attract some new clients and hopefully in the new year we can go a bit stronger and bigger.”
Also on the program, which attracted a crowd of 4876, Jeff Penza boosted his campaign for a third consecutive Newcastle jockeys’ premiership with a treble.
Penza took Isle Of Capri, Makeadane andInquiry to victory to join Koby Jennings as joint leader on the Newcastle table with 11.
Penza was especially impressed with the win of the Chris Waller-trained Isle Of Capri in the fillies and mares maiden over 1400m. Jolly Honour, with Paul King aboard, gave Waller a double when claiming the colts and geldings maiden plate over 1400m.