Aided by an admirable ride from Edward Creighton, Goldfields trainer Peter Fernie landed his most important win when True Gold grabbed victory right on the post of the 2014 Kalgoorlie Cup.
A gallant Friarday was beaten by a nose into second.
“I never thought I would win my home town cup, he is a lovely horse to train” an elated Fernie said.
“I keep getting second hand horses so it is hard to win a race like the Kalgoorlie Cup,” he said.
True Gold has only just entered Fernie’s stable, ex- Grant Williams, and he was third in the Boulder Cup, last Sunday, behind Red Blast and Ram Jam, for his new trainer.
Ram Jam was third and Red Blast fourth in the Kalgoorlie Cup.
Fernie’s grandfather was the owner of 1955 Kalgoorlie Cup winner Fairetha, a galloper who went on to win two Perth Cups.
Too make matters even better the2014 Cup clinched the trainers premiership title for the popular trainer and the Cup was watched by his mother who has been in poor health.
Fernie said he told Creighton to ride the gelding quietly until the home turn. “Edward rode the perfect race in his biggest win in WA. He settled him beautifully.”
Creighton had the six year old son of True Pixie in fourth and fifth position throughout the $160,000 Listed race and timed his finishing run superbly.
Creighton, a Group two winning jockey in England, rarely rides in the metropolitan area but has been successful on country tracks, being a leading rider at Albany.
Writer J.M. Barrie may have been responsible for the famous play, The Admirable Crichton, but for trainer Peter Fernie his jockey will always be the Admirable Creighton.
by John Elsegood