Blake Shinn celebrates four winners on Cox Plate Day (Image: Racing Photos)
He went within a length of upsetting Winx’s Cox Plate fairytale aboard Humidor but jockey Blake Shinn’s Saturday was one to remember for a few other reasons with the star jockey steering home four winners at The Valley, including a Group 2 double.
Shinn partnered The Darren Weir-trained Lucky Hussler to an easy victory in the Group 2 Crystal Mile (1600m), having earlier scored aboard Who Shot Thebarman in the Group 2 Moonee Valley Cup (2500m), Lubiton in the Group 3 Tesio Stakes (1600m) and Blondie in the Listed Ladbrokes Crockett Stakes (1200m).
The star jockey acknowledged he would’ve been disappointed not to win several races off the strength of his bookings but said it was a huge thrill to actually deliver the results for four individual stables.
“It’s been an amazing day,” Shinn said.
“This is where the best of the best are – trainers, jockeys and horses – so I’m pretty proud to ride four winners, it’s very special.
“I thought I had a reasonable book of rides but it’s still very hard.
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“I’ve got to spare a thought for his (Darren Weir) two stable jockeys, Brad Rawiller and Damian Lane, because I wouldn’t be riding this horse (Lucky Hussler) here today if they weren’t suspended.
The three-length win over tough on-pacer Religify was Lucky Hussler’s first since the 2016 Kevin Heffernan Stakes (1300m) and Weir confirmed the eight-year-old would next step out in the Group 1 Kennedy Mile (1600m) at Flemington.
A dual Group 1 winner of the William Reid Stakes (1200m) and Toorak Handicap (1600m), Lucky Hussler has twice contested the Kennedy Mile (formerly the Emirates Stakes) – he was runner-up behind Hucklebuck in 2014 and sixth behind Turn Me Loose in 2015.