Tough galloper Wrinkly broke a 28-year-old track record and gave apprentice Kate Witten the biggest thrill of her career when he won today’s $100,000 Mandurah Cup (1400m) at Pinjarra.
Wrinkly ($10) eclipsed El Dremo’s 1990 track record by 0.02sec. when he nailed the $2.10 favourite, Vital Silver, by a long neck. Delicate Miss ($51) was third.
Witten, who celebrates her 23rd birthday tomorrow, showed poise when she was unable to find the front in the early stages of the race.
She settled Wrinkly in second position when Vital Silver worked his way to the lead and wore down the hot favourite late.
“The first half of the race probably didn’t pan out our way but the last half certainly did,” Witten said.
“He had to sit on that horse at the start and relaxed really nicely actually.
“At the top of the straight he wasn’t going that good but he just keeps coming at them.”
Trained by Neville Parnham, Wrinkly went one better than last year when he ran a close second to Red Publisher in the Mandurah Cup.
Parnham’s foreman Mark Sestich praised Witten’s ride and said Wrinkly could join stablemate Malibu Style in Melbourne for an autumn campaign.
“He’s probably one of the stable favourites,” Sestich said.
“He’s been around for years and he’s honest as the day is long.
“It shows the experience of Kate as a young girl coming through the grades.
“I gave her some instructions before the race and said ‘if you can lead that would be fantastic, but if you can’t sit outside Corporate Larrikin’.
“When it didn’t work out that way she used her initiative and she rode the horse really well.
“His toughness came through at the end and all credit to Kate.
“I’m going back to Melbourne with Malibu Style soon so I might be able to take him with me.”
Wrinkly improved his record to eight wins from 35 starts and $421,100 in prize money.
Meanwhile, trainer Stephen Miller and part-owners Craig Yeo and Tony Buhagiar celebrated a winning double with Bubaroochy and Fair Sonari at Pinjarra.
Bubaroochy, who was backed in from $34 to $7 this week with TABtouch, stormed home to beat Rubic Rose ($1.50 favourite) by a head in the Programmed Property Services Plate (1200m).
Fair Sonari defied his $21 quote to win the Sound Telegraph Handicap (1500m) by 1 ¼ lengths.
Champion jockey William Pike and owner Bob Peters combined to score a double with American Joy and Sally’s Realm.
Jockey Mitchell Pateman also scored a double on Bubaroochy and Dam Ready.
Alan Kennedy was suspended for 12 days for careless riding on Angel Jupiter in race one.
Paul Harvey was also suspended for 12 days for careless riding.