Final Jest scores first city win for Sweeney at Caulfield

JERILDERIE trainer Phil Sweeney enjoyed the biggest thrill of his training career when Final Jest scored at Caulfield yesterday.

Ridden by in-form apprentice Jake Duffy, Final Jest started as the $4.40-favourite and scored by a length from Bernie Of Babylon ($16) and Topkapi ($9.50).

It was Sweeney’s first city winner since he started training under his own name in late 2008.

Final Jest had his first start in city company at Caulfield last month for a second placing and finished sixth at his most recent run at Flemington on January 8.

Final Jest’s victory at Caulfield was trainer Phil Sweeney’s first city winner since he started training under his own name in late 2008.

ALBURY Harness Racing Club will hold a six-race card at the Albury Paceway on Saturday night.

The TAB meeting starts at 6.59pm with the final race set down for 9.29pm and will coincide with the bumper Victoria Derby final at Melton.

The $5000 C3 to C5 Pace (2170 metres) is the feature and looks to be a highly competitive race for pacers who have not won more than $5000 in their past four starts.

Border trainers Chris Chant and Lyn Hancock will both have runners in Our Buller Boy and Paul Land.

Paul Land resumes from a nine-month spell but has a liking for Albury with five wins and two placings from 15 starts on the track.

Hardest to beat could be the Kim Hillier-trained pacer Cousin Duprez after being narrowly beaten in the Leeton Cup on Saturday night at the huge odds of $67.80 on the NSW TAB.

SOUTHERN District Racing action heads to Tumbarumba on Saturday for its annual cup meeting.

The feature race has attracted 11 runners including the Brian Cox-trained He’s An Angel who has been allocated top-weight of 59-kilograms.

He’s An Angel will be shooting for his third consecutive victory after claiming the Dederang Cup last month and winning last start at the Yea Picnic meeting.

Other nominations include Riverina gallopers Miss Bemuse, Marwishuponastar, Gambling Goucho, New Moves and Partexpectation.

The Brett Cavanough-trained New Moves is an unlikely starter and will instead head to Wagga on Tuesday.

The club received a total of 63 nominations for the six-race card with a big crowd expected to attend the 131st running of the cup.

WAGGA apprentice jockey Anthony Boyd made the most of a late pick-up ride to land a winner at his first meeting as a professional rider at Albury last Friday.

Boyd, 27, recently shed 26-kilograms and joined the stables of Wagga-trainer Wayne Carroll as he chased his dream of becoming a fully-fledged jockey.

All his hard work and dedication was rewarded when he scored on Looksmart for Wodonga-trainer Brian Cox in only the third ride of his fledgling career.

Boyd previously rode track work for Melbourne trainer Danny O’Brien and only recently relocated to Wagga with his young family.

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