Lewis German celebrates his first Saturday city winner with master David Hayes
Apprentice jockey Lewis German achieved a personal milestone when he partnered Poised To Strike to victory in Saturday’s $135,000 Who Shot Thebarman Handicap (1200m) at Flemington.
The win was the 19-year-old’s first Saturday metropolitan success and also his first at Flemington.
German said the victory was made even more special to do it for his boss David Hayes, who trains Poised To Strike in partnership with his son Ben and nephew Tom Dabernig.
“I’m absolutely rapt. It’s something you want to tick off and get done. To get my first Flemington winner and my first Saturday winner at headquarters is just great,” German said.
“It’s great to win it for my boss who has shown a lot of faith in me, I’m very lucky.”
German was not the only apprentice jockey to celebrate their first Flemington winner aboard a Lindsay Park runner at the Living Legends Race Day with Blaike McDougall claiming the Might And Power aboard Fastnet Tempest, who had to survive a protest from runner-up Addictive Nature before being declared the winner.
Poised To Strike ($3.10F) held on to narrowly defeat the fast-finishing Mumbles ($13) by a half-head, with High Ratio ($19) a further length away in third.
David Hayes said Poised To Strike would likely now be aimed towards the A.R. Creswick Series Final (1200m) at Flemington on Finals Day after giving German plenty of credit for his ride.
“That 3kg claim was invaluable and for a 3kg claimer he’s very strong at the finish which we’ve seen at the provincials for a long time,” Hayes said.
“It was great to give Lewis his first Flemington winner on his first Saturday and fantastic to get a win for Golden Farms and Akeed Mofeed who has just moved to Victoria and to Swettenham Stud.”
In related news, Hayes said he was considering the Andrew Ramsden Stakes, which offers Lexus Melbourne Cup ballot exmemption to the winner, for Warrnambool Cup winner Furrion.
“He’s in great shape. It’s tempting to run him in the (Lexus Melbourne Cup) qualifier because then we can really take our time with him in the spring and peak him for the two Cups.”