Apprentice Kate Witten has a golden opportunity to grab the limelight with three top rides at Pinjarra today, including record-breaking filly Market Ruler.
Witten will also ride prominent chances Wrinkly in the $100,000 Mandurah Cup (1400m) and Night Voyage in the Essential Refrigeration Services Handicap (1000m) at the metropolitan-class meeting.
The 22-year-old is most excited about teaming up with Market Ruler in the TABtouch Better Your Bet Handicap (1000m) after guiding her to consecutive Ascot wins.
Market Ruler bolted in by 21/2 lengths on December 22 and backed up a week later to win comfortably again, despite carrying 60.5kg.
The Simon Miller-trained filly has won seven of 11 starts, with her latest victory earning her the title of Westspeed bonus record holder.
She surpassed Dainty Tess’ record with $215,000 in bonuses and has amassed $493,535 in total earnings.
“When Simon came up to me one morning and said ‘you can ride that filly’, I couldn’t believe it,” Witten said.
“She’s a real professional.
“It’s her first start down the straight at Pinjarra but I don’t see why it will be a problem.
“She’s going really, really well.”
Market Ruler tackles older horses today, but drops 4kg after Witten’s claim. She jumps from barrier nine and is the hot $1.90 favourite with TABtouch.
Witten is confident Wrinkly can go one better in the Mandurah Cup after running a close second to Red Publisher in the same race 12 months ago.
The frontrunning galloper looked set to win at Ascot last start for Witten, but was nailed late by Mad Brad by a half-head.
“The extra 200 will help him … I think the 1400 and 1500 are his best distances,” Witten said.
“Corporate Larrikin can go hard as well, but Wrinkly is pretty quick.
“He should roll in front and be hard to run down.”
Trained by Neville Parnham, Wrinkly jumps from barrier seven and is rated a $9 chance.
Vital Silver is the $3 favourite.
Night Voyage, prepared by Martin Allan, has to overcome 61.5kg to win first-up, but is in the market at $8.50.
“He’s a pretty hard-going horse so my job is to get him to settle,” Witten said.
“He went pretty good last prep and he should go good first-up.”
Flemington stakes winner Ducimus will stand at WA stud Rivercrest Park this year.