A diverse syndicate with members hailing from Parkes and Tasmania will be hoping handy mare Dareweish can make a winning debut for the Sharon Jeffries stable at Bathurst on Monday.
Formerly trained in Sydney by Jim and Greg Lee, the five-year-old tackles the Goldenwest Race Club Class 1 Hcp (1100m).
Dareweish, a daughter of Danewin, has a win and three placings from 14 starts and strong provincial form.
Jeffries’ husband, retired champion bush jockey Dale, organised the syndicate after Sharon spotted the mare for sale on the internet.
Jeffries’ brother Steve, who rides trackwork for Ron Quinton and Anthony Cummings in Sydney, inspected Dareweish and recommended the sale.
“She’s only a little mare and for the first couple of days when she arrived was whinnying out on the track, a bit lost with so few horses around unlike Sydney where they’re everywhere,” Dale Jeffries said.
“She’s now settled right down, eating real well, picked up in the coat and worked along nicely.
“On her form around the provincials alone, you’ve got to think she’ll be hard to beat at Bathurst which would be great for the boys.
The owners comprise Paul Lewin, a local pest controller, his Tasmanian based brother Wayne, Col Fletcher, a retired motor dealer and Matt Coleman, publican at the Cambridge Hotel, Parkes.
“The boss (Sharon Jeffries) owns the other share,” Dale said.
” Matt had one with us previously but it was pretty slow and Wayne Lewin is flying up from Tasmania for the day to watch Dareweish run.
“Let’s hope she goes well.
“All the blokes love a punt.”
Dareweish is coming off a last start first up two lengths sixth behind Manchebo in an 1100m Benchmark 65 event at Wyong on September 1.
The mare won her maiden at the same track in heavy ground on June 16.
Jeffries’ nephew Michael Hackett will partner Dareweish.
“Michael and Tiffany (the Jeffries’ apprentice daughter) tossed for the ride after the syndicate left the decision up to us,” Jeffries laughed.
The stable also has claims with Vespasian in the C/West Electrical Contractors Class 3 Hcp (1400m).
The six-year-old is owned by Sharon Jeffries and her father, four-time Sydney jockeys’ premiership winner, Kevin Langby.