Lee Callaway urges Mae Jinx towards the line to win the
listed Berkley Stud Stakes at Wingatui yesterday. Photo by
An inter-island gamble paid off for the trainers of Mae
Jinx in the Berkley Stud Stakes at Wingatui yesterday - and
jockey Lee Callaway was happy to grab the spoils.
Callaway rated the mare to perfection in the listed 1200m
dash, holding off late bids from El Chico and Pinsgold,
twisting around her habits of the past two starts in the
North Island where she had been up on the pace but dropped
Callaway was concerned about deja vu setting in for the mare.
''I was a little bit worried when there was a lot of pace
on,'' Callaway said.
''After two strides she sprinted [to the lead] easy and I
rated her as much as I could without fighting her.
''I tried to kick on the turn - I had a horse on my girth and
ended up still fighting hard to the line. I expected her to
stop more than she did.''
One of those chasing was El Chico, who was a massive second
after dropping off the pack by three lengths at one point to
finish just a neck away from Mae Jinx.
Caretaker trainer Paul Richards said the mare's co-trainers,
Mike Moroney and Chad Ormsby, of Matamata, opted to send the
Stravinsky mare south after she was finding the pace up north
a little too tough.
Her last start was behind the unbeaten Mosse who will go into
the Railway Stakes on New Year's Day as a very warm
Callaway immediately went to work on studying his form once
he acquired the ride - out of the blue.
''I did a bit of study on it and thought it could be an upset
hope today coming down to the South Island,'' he said.
''I know her form - four duck eggs [10th or worse] - does not
look good, but I thought she could be thereabouts today.''
Callaway has had to be patient in his quest for another group
or listed win since his listed 2005 Winter Classic win on
''It's been a while since I've won big races.''