YOUNG Warrnambool apprentice jumps jockey Ronan Short scored another jumping feature when he rode the Symon Wilde-trained Britannicus to victory in Saturday's $100,000 Harry D Young Hurdle at Oakbank.
Britannicus defeated Mr Coyne by more than two lengths with Coleridge back in third spot at the South Australian track.
Short, 23, who joined Wilde's stable less than three years ago from Ireland, won his first jumps major this past year riding Gobstopper to win the prestigious Galleywood Hurdle at the Warrnambool May Carnival.
Wilde said Short is a hard worker and deserves all the success he achieves.
"It's wonderful to see Ronan ride another feature winner," he told The Standard.
"Ronan puts in the hard yards. He's very committed and focussed on his work.
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"It's not only a great result for Ronan but it's also a great result for the owners of Britannicus and our staff.
"We were quietly confident Britannicus would run very well.
"He appreciates dry to soft tracks but struggles on heavy ground.
"We'll now push forward to the Galleywood Hurdle with him.
"The Galleywood is an ideal race for him as long as the track at Warrnambool is not really heavy."
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Britannicus, a brown gelding sired by Roman Emperor and out of Miss Meliss, has won two of his six jumps starts.
It was Short's second victory aboard Britannicus, with the first coming this past June at Casterton.
The Aaron Purcell-trained Double Bluff, who was the favourite for the Harry D Young Hurdle, hit a few jumps before running fifth.
Meanwhile, veteran jumper Spying On You defeated the crowd favourite, Zed Em, to win the Great Eastern Steeplechase.
Spying On You won the time honoured jumps race in 2017.
His trainer Grant Young said the eleven-year-old was unlikely to line up in next month's Warrnambool Grand Annual Steeplechase in front of a crowd up to 12,000 people.
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