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Apprentice lands first metropolitan win

Apprentice Dakota Keane has guided Herbert Park to her first metropolitan win at Sandown

Coach Tony Noonan was as excited for the metropolitan breakthrough win of apprentice Dakota Keane because the younger rider herself at Sandown.

The Mornington-based horseman has had quite a lot of apprentices undergo his steady over an extended time frame and had no hesitation in declaring Keane will make the grade.

Having solely her second trip within the metropolitan space, Keane partnered Herbert Park ($6 betting) to win the Change into An MRC Member Handicap (1200m) on Wednesday by three-quarters-of-a-length from La Casona ($6) with Kate’s Tiara ($16) a half-neck away third.

Noonan stated he had pleaded with Keane to delay changing into a jockey after she had proven excellent abilities as an newbie boxer.

He relayed the story of how Keane had pestered him to hitch his steady, and it was solely after learning her fights that he relented.

Noonan stated he acquired a name from Keane’s former boxing coach saying that she had the potential to go to the Olympics.

However Noonan stated Keane had her coronary heart set on changing into a jockey and the coach has held her again in a bid to to not get to run by means of her declare too rapidly.

“She’s the second feminine apprentice I’ve had, and he or she has been simply very good since she joined us,” Noonan stated.

“She has a terrific work ethic, however extra importantly she has a optimistic perspective and has been a breath of contemporary air for this outdated bloke each morning.

“She nonetheless has an extended technique to go, however to see her develop, it’s incredible and to get that first metropolis win, I’m actually comfortable for her.”

Herbert Park needed to overcome a large draw on Wednesday and Noonan stated it was Keane’s persistence that received the filly the race.

“What I like about her for the time being, she thinks about what she is doing,” Noonan stated.

“She drew extensive, obtained into a great spot after which nursed her earlier than she needed to go for her.

“She’s on the right track.”

Noonan stated Herbert Park was additionally a piece in progress, so much like her apprentice rider.

“She nervous me as we speak as she obtained extremely popular within the yard,” Noonan stated.

“She’s a bit like Dakota, she’s robust and a piece in progress, however I feel there’s nonetheless good enchancment to come back from her.

“She will do issues mistaken, and overcome it, so it’s an excellent signal going ahead.”


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