A mere 8 days into 2020 and she nails her first win of the season: former nurse Clare Cunningham and partner top jockey Jason Collet collected a neat first place with Magic Over the Bay at Warwick Farm on the second Wednesday of the year. Good news for you pointers out there because the trio is scheduled to perform twice more in January, in Canterbury on the 17 and Rosehill on the 18. If you are considering an Aussie Trifecta bet , and they pay out handsomely, you want to keep an eye on this girl, her mate and their horses.
When she took her license in May 2017, Cunningham was the youngest trainer in Sidney and a rising talent. The daughter of a couple of race horse trainers, she was on a saddle before learning to walk, so to speak. After getting her education as a nurse, she was back to horses and a long seven-year spell of working for famous trainer Peter Moody. She was soon running his Randwick satellite stable and looking after five horses. After four years in charge, when Moody retired, she made the big leap and began a solo career.
Clare got a license and a boutique stable at Warwick Farm, that enabled her to practice her “hands on” philosophy of horse training. In less than three years of career, Cunningham numbers are solid, with 61 first, 45 second and 42 third out of 338 starts. As for Collett, the kiwi jockey can boast more than 850 races over $40 million worth of prizemoney in the last decade.
Coming up for the Cunningham-Collet couple are two bay three-year old foals, female and male respectively. Madame Firetrail, a three-year old filly, is racing in the Maiden HCP in Gosford on Jan 16. This will be her third race, after a decent fourth she made in Canberra on Dec. 27. Madam Firetrail has not drawn attention so far, so stay tuned to find out more.
Big Parade is a completely different story. The colt, a son of the glorious sire Deep Field and dam Crystal Rock, has many eyes set on him. His debut at Taree on June 7, 2019, as a two-year old, was quite brilliant with a smashing first. Followed by a second place two weeks later at Eagle’s farm. Two trials at Warwick Farm in November were again first places, A second official win came along on Dec.4 at the Class 2 HCP in Gosford. A small incident on Dec 27, when he was scratched from the Gosford Guineas after drawing off the track. The next day the colt was back on track, at the Ranvet HCP in Randwick, where he came in forth.
Now expectations are building up for the two races that have been announced for Big Parade on Jan 18, R4 and R5 in Rosehill Garden. Again, the jockey for this promising new colt on the block will be Jason Collet. Look out for their 2020 season and get ready for more excitement!