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Caulfield around the track with Brad Waters Saturday July 15

Stewards were flat out throughout the day but the National Jockeys' Trust was stunned to receive an amazing donation at Caulfield on Saturday.

Nikita Beriman made the most of her chance to ride I Did It Again. Photo: Darryl Sherer


The estate of a late thoroughbred breeder has left $400,000 to the National Jockeys Trust.

Denise Cobcroft bequeathed the huge amount to the NJT and comes from the proceeds of her stud, which has continued trading since her death in 2010.

The amount is the largest amount donated to the NJT in a single transaction in the organisation's history, which stretches back to 2004.

"It was Denise's desire that the money should benefit injured jockeys so it gives the trustees great satisfaction to have been able to fulfil the wishes of this beautiful friend," Cobcroft trustee Bob Charley in a statement.

Fittingly, the large donation from the Denise Cobcroft Breeding Trust was announced during the National Jockeys Trust raceday at Caulfield.

"Denise Cobcroft was known as a charismatic, warm-hearted, titian-haired beauty with dancer's legs and abiding love of animals," the statement read.


Nikita Beriman did the right thing by those that backed I Did It Again from double-figure odds into $4.60 before the youngster's debut win in the John & Denise Cobcroft Handicap (1200m) after the swings and roundabouts of the jockey trade went her way.

Beriman made the most of a late call-up to ride I Did It Again after Tom Sadler was suspended for improper riding at Flemington last Saturday.

"Tom did all the work but I was lucky enough to get on him today," Beriman said.

"I haven't done anything with him but today he showed he's a really nice horse."

The ride on I Did It Again was a reward for Beriman's work at her base of Cranbourne, to where she makes the 40-minute journey from her home at Bentleigh three mornings a week.

The drive to Cranbourne also produced a result at the last Caulfield meeting when Beriman guided My Paisann to victory for the Lisa Enright stable.


Riders made plenty of noise when viewing the replay of the latter stages of the Laming Racing Handicap (2000m) in the safety of the jockeys' room at Caulfield.

The eventual winner Windbern skittled half a dozen runners when she over-reacted when shifting ground at the 200m of the $100,000 race. Dwayne Dunn was suspended for causing the interference.

A collective "aaaaaaaaw" sounded out of the jockeys' room when the riders viewed the incident on the screen as they realised how fortunate they were to avoid a fall in the race.

Chris Symons later told stewards it was the "closest he'll come" to an accident without having one when viewing the head-on replay while giving his evidence.

A few riders observed that a fall would not have been ideal on National Jockeys' Trust day.


Apprentice Melissa Julius celebrated her first Saturday city winner but she says the victory will provide veteran Victorian trainer Quinton Scott with a welcome tonic.

Scott, who has had many good city horses in his time on the training ranks, has been in hospital recently due to vertigo but Julius repaid the 70-year-old's support with her win on Forgeress.

"He has been quite crook, it is incredibly special. I've ridden this mare ever since I've ridden for Quinny when I started my apprenticeship," Julius said.

"I never thought I'd be able to ride her in a race, so it is very special.

"Quinny is getting better, he is on the mend and up and about so this will be terrific for him."


Popular jockey Michael Walker rode his first winner back after a five-month injury lay-off at Moe on Saturday.

Back and hip surgeries kept Walker off the scene since mid-February until he resumed with a ride at Pakenham on Friday but he had to wait 24 hours for his return win.

Walker steered the Mick Kent-trained Galileo's Pearl to a 1 length win in a Rating 58 race in which the gelding ploughed through the heavy ground to score at $11.

Walker will continue his comeback with three rides at Geelong on Sunday.

Saturday, 15 July 2017