Blaike McDougall ticked another item on his riding bucket list when winning his first ever race at Tumut Turf Club on Saturday, guiding Thuwaany to the winning post for an easy victory in the 1000m Maiden Plate for Chris Heywood.
The Albury hoop didn’t stop there, winning the next three races, including the second edition of the Tumut Mile, after Bravado Lass cantered home as an easy winner for Gary Colvin in the $15,000 feature race.
McDougall came into the Tumut meeting confident of a strong showing and was just happy to do his part, admitting he was booked on some leading chances
“It was nice to get a winner out of the way, and I had some really good rides today, and they should have all probably won, so it’s nice to get the job done,” McDougall said.
Bravado Lass was ultra-impressive in the Tumut Mile, backed in from her opening quote of $4 into the $1.60 favourite, and winning by 3.05 lengths over the Doug Gorrel-trained Intueri and Dave Blundell’s Tickinovder.
“It means a lot to win on her. I’ve obviously had a pretty good association with Gary over the years, and as I’ve said before, I’ve won on Bravado Lass a couple of years ago, and to get back on her today after so long not riding her and win the feature race on the day was a big thrill,” McDougall said.
The leading NSW and Australian jockey praised Tumut Turf Club for providing a track that was in tip-top shape.
“I thought the track played very fair, the committee and Kerry Weir did a good job and I hear that he mows it himself, and it is a credit to him and his work,” McDougall said.
McDougall, who also won aboard Fire Shadow in the 1400m Maiden Handicap and Idle Fancy in the 1400m Class Two Handicap, now has a big three days, riding at tomorrow’s Cowra Cup carnival before backing up at Queanbeyan on Monday and Wagga on Tuesday.
“I will just go home tonight, have a pretty quiet night and get ready for tomorrow and the next couple of days,” McDougall said.
The Tumut Turf Club will now prepare for their big Tumut Cup meeting on February 13.