Ford scores treble success in the saddle

HOME AND HOSED: My Maher fends off Hoodless to win the Southern Cross Garages class 3 handicap OVER 1100 metres at Archer Racecourse on Sunday. Photo: Racing NSW.
HOME AND HOSED: My Maher fends off Hoodless to win the Southern Cross Garages class 3 handicap OVER 1100 metres at Archer Racecourse on Sunday. Photo: Racing NSW.

Crowds filled the lawn on what turned out to be a perfect autumn day at Shoalhaven City Turf Club for their Easter Sunday meeting.

Jockey Jay Ford showed winning form, claiming three races on the seven race card. He kicked off the successful day in the saddle early in the piece when he took out the first race on the Matthew Smith trained Septimo.

Ford was able to control the tempo in the Ison and Company benchmark 65 handicap over 1400 metres after the four-year-old gelding jumped well and lead all the way to cruise to a four-length win.

Smith once again partnered with Ford to produce a back-to-back with My Maher, who took out the Southern Cross Garages class 3 handicap over 1000 metres. The mare bungled the start before settling last, clung to the rails and on straightening, made the most of the cutaway rail to claim a half-length victory over Hoodless trained by Robert and Luke Price.

Ford then paired up with Gary Nickson to take out the Bomaderry Bowling Club benchmark 55 over 1600 metres aboard Crystal Skye.

Ford positioned the three-year-old filly behind the leader throughout and showed determination to beat off a more experienced racehorse in Grasp.

The newly formed training partnership between Goulburn twins Lucy and Emma Longmire proved successful when Ribs broke through his maiden at only his second start in the Careda Air Conditioning maiden plate over 1200 metres.

The next race meeting is scheduled for April 30.