A successful weekend for the O’Dea-Hoysted stable saw three young horses shed their maiden tags.
The first win of a horse’s career is often the most important, so it was pleasing to see GINJA, STELLAR MAGIC, and ENRIQUE break through relatively early in their respective racetrack journeys.
GINJA (pictured), a three-year-old son of SHOW A HEART, was a comfortable 1.3 length victor over 1680m at Ipswich on Saturday. The gelding was ridden by Baylee Nothdurft, who has linked up with the stable since returning from a break due to issues with his weight.
Baylee has worked tirelessly in the last couple of months and the stable was delighted to provide him with a winner as he begins his ascendancy back to the top of Queensland’s jockey ranks.
Last season Baylee became the first apprentice to win the QLD Metropolitan Jockey title since Michael Rodd and Zac Purton two decades earlier.
Then on Sunday, a team of three gallopers travelled to Grafton and two came back as winners.
In the second race on the card, exciting 2YO STELLAR MAGIC saluted as a $1.40 chance should, making her own luck on speed for Ben Thompson before dashing clear to score by 2.5 lengths.
Later in the program, the O’Dea/Hoysted stable and Thompson combined again to win with ENRIQUE. The son of SEBRING was afforded a ground-saving ride along the rails and found enough at the business end of the race to repel a challenge from MAXCALEMMA out wide.
With 43 winners this season, the stable is now only five wins off last season’s tally with four and a half months still to go until the 2021-22 term begins.