With top Melbourne jockey Craig Williams riding one of his two juvenile fillies at Randwick, country trainer Brett Thompson’s confidence has grown.
The Gulgong trainer was ringing around to find a jockey for Press Week when owner and breeder Tony Muollo sent a video of the filly’s trial to premier Melbourne jockey Williams.
“He jumped right on her. It’s great to have a good jockey,” Thompson said.
Thompson will be cheering on both two-year-olds, Press Week and Deviate, at Randwick on Saturday in the 1000 metre Gimcrack Stakes.
Deviate, owned Sandra and John Harding, was bought at the Magic Millions for $200,000 with hopes she could qualify for the $2 million Classic at the Gold Coast in January.
“I’m feeling confident they will run good races. You never know what’s going to happen. A lot of them a very green,” Thompson said.
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Both fillies were ridden by Winona Costin to win their respective trials at Newcastle last week, with Deviate improving from her first trial at Rosehill.
Thompson has a passion for working with two-year-olds.
“It’s the most exciting time of the year working with them and seeing if they show ability,” he said.
A shearer and publican in a former life, Thompson works his horses at Gulgong Racecourse with his family a large part of his operation.
Thompson believes the three fillies from the Peter and Paul Snowden stable – Catch Me, Mayaaseh and Satin Socks – will be hard to beat, but if his fillies win?
“We’ll be partying all night.”