In-Form McNaught Lands Milestone Win In Coolgardie Cup


Jade McNaught scored the biggest win of her career when she guided Fair Sonari to an upset victory in the $100,000 Coolgardie Cup (1760m) at Kalgoorlie on Sunday.

Sent straight to the front from barrier eight by the star apprentice, Fair Sonari held that position throughout and was never seriously challenged by his opposition.

Turning for home three lengths in front, the Stephen Miller-trained Fair Sonari kicked clear in the straight and defeated favourite Double Digit by two lengths.

$51 chance Booma Lacka was another half-length away in third place.

Fair Sonari capped a lucrative weekend for McNaught after she booted home a double at Belmont on Saturday to currently lead the cityjockey premiership.

The mature-aged rider has made a blistering start to the 2019-20 racing season with ten metropolitan wins, including a haul of one treble and three doubles.

The star rider, from a non-racing background, as made stunning progress since she began her riding career at Albany 18-months ago.

Miller, who has won the Coolgardie Cup four times previously as a jockey, said McNaught rides beyond her years.

“She rode him very well,” Miller said.

“She rides like a senior jockey.

“I’ve had a good run with her.

“All credit to her.”

Fair Sonari claimed his second Kalgoorlie win in succession after taking out the Tattersalls Club Cup (1606m) a fortnight ago.

The five-year-old has struck form in the goldfields and rebounded after he finished poorly in his first four starts this campaign at Belmont.

“I think his problems have been the wet tracks,” Miller said.

“We had a crack at it and it came off today.

“It’s bloody brilliant.”

Fair Sonari has now won seven races from 29 starts for $221,473 in prize money.

Unraced over 1800m, Miller is unsure if the Trade Fair gelding will tackle the Boulder Cup (2100m) on September 22.

“He does love the track,” Miller said.

“We will see how he pulls up before we work out if he goes to the next one.”

McNaught became the first female rider to win the Coolgardie Cup since 2007 when Jessica Valas rode Friars Touch.

Julio Santarelli




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