Veteran jockey Kenny Dunbar must be smiling from ear to ear – or at the very least someone in his family surely is.
This after the first two races at Narromine on Thursday.
Dunbar was legged aboard DASHING BADGER (Dash For Cash-Badger’s Catch) who was paying $81 on the NSW TAB and even longer with some corporates.
Those odds, based on it’s poor record of 19 starts, no wins and just three very low key placings.
Well, a change of trainer from Rob Anderson to Michael Lynch at Cowra six weeks ago, and bang – Dunbar takes him to the front and he leads all the way to win his maiden over 1100m and running time in doing so.
Then, no sooner had Dunbar received congrats from all and sundry, he weighed out for race 2.
This time he gave his saddle to young Nat Pearce who has only ever trained two winners in her life before.
Dunbar was legged up onto her galloper BART’S BULLET (Bullet Train-Penny Run Fast) who prior to scratchings was 3rd reserve.
He got a run at 7:30am this morning, sneaked in as the last horse, and Dunbar brought him down the centre of the track, albeit copping some interference too, but arriving in the nick of time.
He paid $57 on the NSW TAB but was paying $81 on most corporate bookies.
I’d love to know if one jockey has ever ridden back to back winners on a card that paid more.