Jockey rides his luck in waiting for mount to go Pop
PRE-RACE instructions went out the window when jockey Paul Hammersley on Pop 'n' Scotch found himself a clear last and pushing his mount along in the $100,000 Queensland Times Winter Provincial Stayer Series Final (2150m).
Hammersley had been told by trainer Liam Birchley to be up on the pace but Pop 'n' Scotch had other ideas.
"He wasn't on the bridle till about the 1000m mark," Hammersley said.
"In hindsight it worked out for the better because we were just back doing our own thing for a while and watching everyone knock each other down. But it wasn't till the 1000m mark that I thought, I'm actually in the race now and it wasn't till the 650 that I thought, I might be having a bit of luck.
"So at least I got the second half of the race right. In the end he won going away from them.
"He switched on his racing manners half-way through the race and we got a bit of luck as well so it worked out well."