A RACHEL Hunt riding masterclass aboard mare Don’t Tease Me provided punters with plenty of heartbreak after taking out a benchmark 80 race at Rosehill.
What a ride!
Rachel Hunt makes use of the claim, letting Don't Tease Me ping the lids and lead the whole way hand Bon Amis his first defeat. pic.twitter.com/LRpgqypq95
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The $23.40 elect at Crownbet was taken to the front by Rachael Hunt and the horse stayed on powerfully to hold off the late charge from short-priced favourite Bon Amis ($1.30 at Ladbrokes) and the fast-finishing Test The World, which returned $2.10 to William Hill customers.
The 36 race veteran Don’t Tease Me jumped fast from the gates along the rail and was hunted up smartly by Hunt, who took the horse clear of the field and took an eight length lead heading around the Rosehill corner, and in a difficultly run race the ride proved to be the difference.
It is not the first time Hunt has delivered a stinging blow to punters in a big-time race.
In the final race on The Everest day, the apprentice steered $101 shot Grand Condor to a brilliant win in the Sydney Harbour Exclusive Sprint.
In a race that was notable for both Hugh Bowman and Corey Brown being unseated at the barriers, Hunt got the horse over the line in one of the more stunning upsets of the 2017/18 season.
The wins have come about after Hunt made the decision to switch from a training base in the nation’s capital to suiting up for Mark de Monfort at Warwick Farm.
Hunt said it was a career-defining shift.
“It’s the best move I’ve made,” Hunt told AAP.
“I thought it would take a lot longer to get a roll on things and get rides but it actually came quite quickly.”