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Belmont double lifts Knuckey
Belmont double lifts Knuckey

Jockey Peter Knuckey quickly made amends for the defeat of odds-on favourite Chester Road to score a race-to-race double for trainer Ted Martinovich on Saturday Skies and Cavallo Pazzo at Belmont Park today.

The Alan Mathews-trained I Don't Recall caused the boil-over of the afternoon, when the 2011 Geraldton Cup winner collared the $1.60 favourite by a shortneck under his topweight on 59.5kg in the 2000m handicap.

With pace-maker Mabel Grace (63.5kg) scratched, Knuckey was a victim of circumstances being forced to lead under the pedestrian pace of six-horse field, where the time of 2 minutes 8.40secs was almost seven seconds outside the record of Friar's Touch set in 2009. The winner sprinted home the last 600m in 34.74secs.

Mathews had not raced I Don't Recall since he was backed up in seven days from an 1800m win and stepped up into open class and finished eighth to Mabel Grace in the York Stakes (1600m) at Ascot on April 28.

"No speed and they were all going to pull," Mathews said. "He is genuine horse who has had few problems.

"He got up outside the favourite and he prevailed.

"We buttered in the York Stakes to try to get the weight relief but he didn't back up.

"He will probably have a break now because of the lack of races available to him.

"Hopefully he can come back in the spring and with a bit of weight relief pick up a few races."

For popular jockey Patrick Carbery the win was awarded to his uncle who passed away this week.

"He was a very brave man and I said to mum I would love to win a race today for him," Carberry said.

WATC Derby winning jockey Glenn Smith was rewarded for his weekly trips from Bunbury to the Goldfields when Wookah ($16.50) nailed Rocky's Brother ($5.50 favourite) in an exciting finish to the Provincial Championship Final (1400m).

Smith has made the effort to make the regular weekly trips to ride for Peter Fernie and the leading Kalgoorlie trainer did not disappoint bringing local galloper Wookah to Belmont to score his first win at his maiden start at winter headquarters.

The West Australian

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