Ward Bags Another Double At Canberra
Leading Canberra-based jockey Brendan Ward finished his day off in style at Thoroughbred Park on Friday when we rode the final two winners of the meeting.
Despite his winning double, Ward admitted that he had higher expectations going in to the Canberra meeting.
"I expected to have a really good day. To be honest, I was expecting to win three or four here," Ward said.
The first of his winners came in a Class 2 Handicap (1200m) as the $2.20 favourite aboard the four-year-old mare Sydney's Destiny.
Fitness concerns were the lone query hanging above the mares chances as she was resuming from a five-month spell in the event.
Ward jumped from a wide gate to beat the runner-up War Charm by 1.5-lengths.
"Matt Dale's horse, Sydney's Destiny really has a big future I believe. It is probably city bound," he said.
Ward's second winner came in the last of the eight race meeting - a Class 1 Handicap (1300m).
He rode the Nick Olive trained The Conqueror to a comfortable victory by 1 3/4-lengths after sitting just off the leaders for much of the race and storming home at the end.
"The Conqueror was a bit stiff last start at Wagga but done a good job today. He's still learning what it's all about but he is putting it together at the moment," said Ward.
The three-year-old gelding has been impressive this campaign having now won two of his three races since resuming from a spell. The other resulted in a close second at Wagga.
Ward has now narrowed his deficit in the Canberra Jockeys Premiership to just one win following the Canberra meeting, having saluted two times to Kevin Sweeney's one during the meeting.
"I'm still behind him but it's such a long way to go until the end of the season, so I'm not too focused on that at the moment," he said.
"I'm more focused on just getting the job done on the day and things will fall in to place from there. I'm really happy with how I'm going at the moment."