Billy Egan (Image: Racing Photos/Brett Holburt)
Jockey Billy Egan continued his career-best season at Flemington on Saturday when riding the first two winners on the nine race card.
Egan partnered Danon Roman to victory in the $100,000 David Bourke Provincial Plate (1620m) and Cherry Tortoni in the $100,000 Ron Johnson Handicap (1420m) for two-year-olds.
The Patrick Payne-trained Cherry Tortoni is unbeaten from two starts after winning his 1200-metre maiden at Sale last month.
“I think he’s going to be a pretty handy horse for the future,” Egan said, believing Cherry Tortoni will be suited over further.
“I was happy coming around the corner on him. We had the options to come around the outside and work over the top of them so it worked out well for us.”
WATCH: Cherry Tortoni win at Flemington
The Anthony Freedman-trained Danon Roman, whose previous Australian wins came in the Peninsula Cup (1600m) and Yarra Valley Cup (1950m) at the end of last year, settled in the second half of the field before closing strongly for a half-length victory.
“It was pretty easy,” Egan said. “He drew a lovely gate which allowed him to get back and it was a nicely run race which suited the backmarkers.”
“We increased it into the straight which allowed him to drop on them late.
“He probably thinks about it a little bit (too much) and he thought about it a bit there. It was nice for him to go on and win.”
Egan has ridden 96 winners across Victoria this season, placing third in the statewide jockeys’ premiership behind Jye McNeil and Daniel Stackhouse.
WATCH: Danon Roman win at Flemington