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Pride's gem of a season continues


Joe Pride’s stellar season has continued with Bejewelled claiming another win at Randwick to take the trainer’s tally to 42 winners in Sydney.

Pride has just 35 horses in work at one time at Warwick Farm and sits fourth on the Sydney premiership behind the big stables of Gai Waterhouse, Peter Snowden and Chris Waller.
Bejewelled recorded her third win from her past four starts when she came with a late run in the Black Shoes Handicap (1200m) and gave apprentice Tommy Berry a race-to-race double after his win on Altier.
Bejewelled ($3.70) had three-quarters of a length on First Look ($3.30 fav) with Red Letter Daze ($26) another length back third.
“What you see with her is what you get,” Pride said.
“She is a good, honest winter horse and loves the wet tracks.
“If it keeps raining we will give her another go but all the really good horses are coming back now so she will be going for a spell soon.”
Bejewelled is raced by Nick Moraitis who also owns Pride’s stable star Vision And Power, winner of the George Ryder Stakes and Doncaster Handicap.
New acquisition Miss Marielle didn’t beat a runner home, finishing 5-1/2 lengths from Bejewelled, but Pride was enthusiastic about her performance.
“She got a couple of bumps and didn’t have the best of luck and I thought it was encouraging from a future point of view,” he said.
Like most of Saturday’s winners, Bejewelled came down the outside of the track.
Although the rail was out nine metres, jockeys scouted as wide as they could with the grandstand fence the preferred option.

By Caryl Williamson