Consistent gelding LAMINGTON DRIVE made it two wins on the bounce with a grinding, determined effort in the B65 2000m event at Canberra Friday.
The John Bateman trained 5 year old sat outside the leader in a moderately run contest but was strongest on the line after looking beaten soon after straightening. Indeed, he’d have likely won the race on protest if defeated as the second horse hung out noticeably a couple of times in the straight.
“He really had to earn it today. I probably rode him upside down but given the tempo it was the only way to ride him. Despite the margin, it was really quite soft on the line”, jockey Blaike McDougall said post race.
McDougall is riding with supreme confidence in south eastern NSW after settling in Albury two years ago. He currently leads the Australian Jockeys Premiership and has a proflic record for the Bateman stable with a strike rate of 27%.
Lamington Drive now looks poised to take on longer events having displayed the necessary stamina qualities to win a pair of 2000m races.
However, trainer John Bateman will first plan to give the horse his chance in an 1800m Highway at Randwick on FEB 13.