Luke Nolen has booted house a winner at his very first ride considering that guiding Black Caviar to her narrow Royal Ascot victory.
4 days immediately after his controversial hard work on the champion, Nolen was in action at Caulfield where he resumed his battle with Craig Newitt for the Melbourne jockeys’ premiership.
Nolen wasted no time pegging back the one-win margin Newitt established in the course of his absence, partnering the Peter Moody-skilled Storm Burst to victory in the opening race.
But his share of the lead was quick-lived.
Newitt scored aboard the promising Waterford Hill in the last occasion, taking his season tally of wins to 63, once more nudging a single clear of his rival.
Nolen has had a challenging time because winning the Diamond Jubilee Stakes aboard Black Caviar.
He has been lambasted by some for dropping his hands 50m from the finishing line then desperately urging Black Caviar to the publish when she was challenged late.
Nolen admitted to a “brain fade” but subsequent veterinary tests also exposed Black Caviar tore muscle tissues for the duration of the race.
The top hoop only arrived back in Australia on Tuesday and produced it clear he would not be discussing Black Caviar at Caulfield so he could focus on his rides.
Nolen will rather speak at a press conference on Thursday.
Although the see-sawing battle in between Nolen and Newitt took centre stage at Caulfield it was also a important meeting for two other riders.
Dwayne Dunn brought up his 50th win for the season aboard the Robert Smerdon-trained Glenmaura in the Layout To Print Global Handicap (1000m) and was delighted to attain the milestone.
“It truly is been a wonderful season for me, specifically not getting a massive stable behind me,” Dunn mentioned.
“I’m really content with the way items have progressed.”
Apprentice Jackie Beriman was also to the fore landing her 1st city win in Melbourne on God’s Window for Shaun Dwyer.
“It really is my very first city winner in Victoria so I’m really excited,” Beriman mentioned.
Beriman is the younger sister of Nikita McLean, nee Beriman, who won the 2007 Group One Emirates Stakes aboard Tears I Cry.