This season’s joint longest priced Western Australian thoroughbred racing winner, a galloper named after a Richmond Tigers Team of the Century player, was the first leg of a 2,625-1 double for Bunbury trainer Greg Carige.
Fiona Bell wore Richmond fan Leigh Swift’s Tigers-inspired yellow and black colours aboard Richardson, the gelding which went from finishing stone motherless on his previous start to winning the Amelia Park Handicap 98 days later. The Planet Five-sired son of Unforgettable Miss, perhaps Swift had Matthew Richardson’s Australian Football League numbers of 800 goals and 551 behinds in mind when he registered the galloper with Racing Australia. Richardson won 75 minutes after another Swift-owned thoroughbred, Cotchin, placed fifth in the Bunbury Plumbing Services Maiden. Of course, Cotchin takes his name from Richmond skipper Trent Cotchin, who shared the 2012 Brownlow Medal with Sam Mitchell retrospectively following Jobe Watson’s disqualification.
Carige, who was winless this term going into Bunbury’s last meeting this season, landed his long-odds double when Holly Watson rode JCW Electrical Handicap victor Mims Win to score what was also her second success of the seven-race program.
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