She won’t ride in the $50,000 Robert Oatley Vineyards Mudgee Cup Showcase (1600 metres) this week, but apprentice Orange hoop Katie Jenkinson does have the opportunity to win the next best race at Friday’s marquee meeting.
Assuming she comes through her three other rides unscathed the 24-year-old will be in the saddle for Narromine’s Kylie Kennedy in the final race of the day, the Wild Oats Mudgee Cup Day Sprint Showcase, a 1200-metre dash worth $35,000.
Jenkinson will be on board Shadow Force, a 10-year-old veteran two starts back from a 51-week spell. The gelding improved dramatically second-up, finishing fourth at Dubbo after running ninth of 10 at the same track when resuming.
Although the 72-rater has 11 career victories from 64 starts, and another 23 placings to boot, there’s little doubt Jenkinson’s task of steering him to victory is a tough one, considering the sprint’s field.
Cameron Crockett will have a couple of out-and-out stars lining up at his home track in Nictock – at one stage a The Kosciuszko hopeful – and Ori On Fire as well, while boom Newcastle-based trainer Kris Lees has also accepted with Powerline.
Derek Piper’s Our Dasha, which competed against the latter in the Country Championship Qualifier at Mudgee in February, will run too, as will Brett Thompson’s last-start winner Sugar Dance.
He stormed home to salute at Orange last month.
Racing at Mudgee on Friday starts with the first at 1.43pm. The Mudgee Cup – the main event – runs at 5.15pm, with the sprint showcase after that at 5.55pm.
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