Courtesy of Hawkesbury Race Club - 03/04/14. Hawkesbury trainer Scott Singleton's "longshot king" reputation was to the fore again at Warwick Farm on Wednesday.
In the process, he provided apprentice Jess Taylor with a city breakthrough. Forbidden Jewel, a $10,000 Fastnet Rock "cheapie" at an Inglis classic yearling sale, quickly repaid her purchase price - and more - by winning the 2YO Handicap (1300m) at $41.
But Singleton wasn't there to see both his filly and Taylor clinch their first city wins. He took three horses to Cowra (without success) and his wife Lucy deputised for him at Warwick Farm.
Having only her second start - she had finished sixth on debut to the promising Veloce Forte at Kembla Grange last month - Forbidden Jewel got there in time to edge out another roughie, $26 chance Berry Delicious.
Singleton has a happy knack of winning races at good prices. Only last month, he won with Dubawi Dream ($13) and Bel Barrage ($9).
"Scott has always liked the filly," Lucy Singleton said afterwards. "She was slowly away at her first start and raced wide."
Taylor said she was "so stoked" to win her first race in town. "I have been knocking on the door for ages," she said.
"Scott told me to have her where she was comfortable. I kept pushing and pushing her in the straight, and she stuck her neck out and got them."
Forbidden Jewel's success in the opening race was the first leg of a city double for Hawkesbury trainers. Tony McEvoy book-ended the program when Harmonic ($5.50) just held out $3.20 favorite Malice in the Benchmark 80 Handicap (1400m) after the pair had staged a stirring tussle in the straight.
"I think he can win more races; he's a talented horse," McEvoy said of Harmonic. "He's got his issues, but he toughed it out well today."