Record falls in winning hat-trick

Jason Collett rode Cradle Mountain. Picture: AAP
Jason Collett rode Cradle Mountain. Picture: AAP

A near 13-year-old track record held by a future Group 1 winner tumbled when emerging sprinter Cradle Mountain broke his rivals hearts at Kembla Grange on Wednesday.

Clare Cunningham’s undeniable talent led all the way to chalk up a hat-trick of wins in the Resolutions Class 2 Handicap (1200m), knocking off Bentley Biscuit’s long-standing mark which had stood since April 2005.

Bentley Biscuit was a multiple Group 1 winner, including claiming victory in the TJ Smith in 2007.

Cradle Mountain, ridden by Jason Collett, took 0.2 seconds off his mark when he clocked 1:08.60 seconds on a soft 5 track.

It was a dazzling performance out in front as the $1.95 TAB fixed odds favourite put three lengths on his nearest rival Malaigo. 

Up-and-coming trainer Cunningham, who currently only operates a small team at Warwick Farm, was rapt with the performance.

“He speaks for himself and is a great horse for the stable,” she said.

Cunningham plans to take a cautious approach as she brings the promising sprinter through his grades.

Earlier, trainer Robert Pearse tasted success with his only runner on the card when The Patrician defied a three-wide run to score under the urging of jockey Adam Hyeronimus. 

TOUGHED IT OUT: Robert Pearse's The Patrician sat three wide but Adam Hyeronimus still guided the four-year-old to victory. Picture: ADAM McLEAN

TOUGHED IT OUT: Robert Pearse's The Patrician sat three wide but Adam Hyeronimus still guided the four-year-old to victory. Picture: ADAM McLEAN

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