Walkingintheair’s last minute reprieve sent punters reeling but delivered trainer, Peter Moses, a much-needed confidence boost at Carnarvon.
Returning $101 with TAB fixed odds and $77.50 on tote, Walkingintheair delivered a knockout blow to punters in the Kingsford Bakery Handicap (1400m).
“She was lucky to gain a start and I was prepared to scratch her because I couldn’t find a rider,” said Moses.
“Only when Graeme (Hammarquist) rang and said that Comercio was coming out that Misty (Bazeley) became available.
“Like Misty said after the race: ‘it was the best pick-up ride she’s ever had’.
“Despite her form on paper I thought she was a reasonable chance.
“I think she is capable of winning more races in Carnarvon this season.
“This was the win I needed and it’s given me a spring in my step.”
Walkingintheair posted one win and two placings from her 24 outings in Melbourne and Sydney.
She was unplaced in six starts for Moses before her breakthrough on Saturday.
Moses is hoping Walkingintheair is the ideal platform to launch his comeback to racing after a nine year absence in Meekatharra.
“I said last year I wanted to have another crack at training and I have set up a top environment at Walkaway,” said Moses.
“I want to have an impact and I’m not here just to make up the training numbers.
“I have five in work at the moment including a Due Sasso filly who should race in a fortnight.
“She shows a bit more than Walkingintheair which is a positive sign.”