Judges takes out Port Fairy Cup

WINNER: Judges, ridden by Tahlia Hope and trained by Daniel Bowman, crosses the line ahead of Lord Tennyson in the Port Fairy Cup. Picture: Amy Paton

WINNER: Judges, ridden by Tahlia Hope and trained by Daniel Bowman, crosses the line ahead of Lord Tennyson in the Port Fairy Cup. Picture: Amy Paton

TALENTED apprentice jockey Tahlia Hope rode a copybook race on the Daniel Bowman-trained Judges to win the $45,000 Port Fairy Cup at Warrnambool on Thursday.

Hope drew barrier three on the former hot-headed galloper and was never headed before defeating Lord Tennyson and Villopoto in the 1400-metre race.

Bowman said Hope’s claim was a key part in the victory.

“Judges can be a difficult horse to ride,” the Warrnambool-based trainer said.

“It's lucky that Tahlia has ridden him before and understands him. Her two-kilo claim was a big bonus.

“We had him entered at Bendigo for Wednesday, Warrnambool on Thursday and Mount Gambier Friday. He drew wide at Bendigo so we scratched him. It's great to win a race on your home track.”

Bowman took time to acknowledge owner Don Storey after the win.

“Don puts a lot of money into racing,” he said.

“It's great to get a win for him. He's been a great supporter of my stable.

“We’ll give Judges a break now. He's been an honest horse, but was a bit of a hot-head when we got him.

“He had a wind operation last Christmas but that appears to be have worked out alright.”

Judges took his stakemoney to more than $100,000 with the win.

Ciaron Maher’s Caulfield Cup winner Jameka was paraded to racegoers.

Maher said Jameka was enjoying  a well-deserved break after running in the Caulfield and Melbourne cups.

“We’ll give Jameka a light autumn,” he said.

“We don't have a real program mapped out at this stage, but we may go to Sydney for a race. We're just keeping our options open.”

Jockeys Dean Yendall, Jack Hill and Andrew Mallyon shared the riding honours on the eight-race program. The three jockeys rode doubles.

ROLLING COVERAGE, PHOTOS FROM PORT FAIRY CUP: http://www.standard.net.au/story/4329061/port-fairy-cup-rolling-coverage/?cs=73 

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