Jockey Paul Hammersly's triple treat

Paul Hammersley.
Paul Hammersley.

Former Queensland jockey Paul Hammersley put in a dominant display in the saddle with a hat-trick of wins at Kembla Grange on Saturday.

Hammersley guided Miss Hufflepuff (race two), Anyaas (race four) and Rare Bear (race five) to victory on a windy day on the South Coast.

Two-year-old filly Anyaas was the pick of the bunch, storming home in a maiden (1000m) for trainer David Vandyke.

‘‘It was a nice win. I spoke to the owners and said I don’t know what kind of form lines will come out of the race but she did that reasonably easy and she had a good feel for the race,’’ Hammersley said 

‘‘I think she is [city class]. I wouldn’t say a Saturday straight up but a mid-weeker is right up her alley.’’

Hammersley was posted three and four wide from the gates, but had plenty of cover on the turn.

Entering the straight, the experienced jockey was given space to unleash  and along with The Big Rig and Ballinaclash, the trio gapped the chasing division.

A three-way battle looked likely but Anyaas overpowered her rivals in the final 50m to win by a widening length.

‘‘It worked out really well for us,’’ Hammersley said.

‘‘We drew out wide and there was four or five of them across the track in front of us. We got nice cover behind them.

‘‘I pulled off the back of them at about the 400m and she was just too good.’’

The victory came after Hammersley  guided Miss Hufflepuff ($2.70) to score in race two.

He chalked up an unlikely victory with his final ride  in race five with Rare Bear ($25.20).

‘‘It was a good day. Five rides, three winners so you have good days and bad and it just happened to be a good day,’’ he said.

Strong winds forced the final race to be abandoned.


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