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August 08, 2015 14:24:14 UK
Apprentice jockey Rory Hutchings executed trainer Bjorn Baker’s riding instructions to perfection as he guided Burbero to victory in the Group 2 $175,000 Missile Stakes (1200m) at Royal Randwick on Saturday.
Hutchings, who was only booked for the mount on Friday after regular rider Brodie Loy fractured a collarbone in a Warwick Farm fall midweek, produced a brilliant ride to bring Burbero between runners for a last-stride win.
“I told Rory you have to try and trick Burbero, con him, ride him cold,” Baker said. “You have to time it right, if you hit the front at the 200m you will finish eighth.”
Hutchings’s sense of timing was uncanny as Burbero finished fast to score a half neck win from Weary with Temple Of Boom three-quarters of a length away third.
“It is Brodie’s bad luck and my good fortune,” Hutchings said. “I’ve got to thank Brodie for the work he has done with Burbero and for telling me how to ride the horse.
“Burbero is a horse that likes to have a good look around when he hits the front so I waited as long as I could on him.”
Despite Baker’s specific instructions to Hutchings, the trainer admitted he was not watching Burbero until the last 50m as he had eyes only for his other runner, 10-year-old Zaratone.
Speedy grey Zaratone ran a mighty race, leading until well inside the final 100m before finishing a close fourth.
“I was cheering for Zaratone, he ran super, but then out of the corner of my eye I could see Burbero finishing hard,” Baker said.
Burbero scored his 13th win from 39 starts on Saturday, taking his prize money to over $700,000, with the promise of more to come.
Meanwhile, Mr Epic is 101.00 to win the Caulfield Guineas in October.
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