Layt recalls Slipper memory

Veteranhoop Adrian Layt was rapt to have a winner on Golden Slipper day after getting favourite backers off to a winning start in the opening race at Kembla Grange.
Nanjing Night Net

Layt showed great vigour to lift the Bart and James Cummings-trained Angel Miss to victory over Tribe in a head-bobbing finish in the opening race three-year-old Maiden (1000m).

Front-runner Tribe looked to have stolen a winning break but was nipped at the post by Angel Miss, with the filly breaking through at her fourth race start.

‘‘I knew I’d got there, it was tight but I knew I’d won,’’ Layt said of the photo finish.

‘‘She needs more ground. Six furlongs (1200m) she’ll be better and even further. She’s dour but knuckled down and has potential.’’

Layt is a Kembla regular and had five rides on one of the Illawarra Turf Club’s biggest race days.

Punters were lining up to get into the course well before the first race.

And while connections of Angel Miss collected a share of the $12,250 winner’s purse, everyone’s focus was on the $3.5 million Golden Slipper at Rosehill Gardens.

Unbeaten Vancouver proved himself arguably the fastest two-year-old in the world, earning $2 million for his connections in the world’s richest juvenile race.

Layt rode at Rosehill on Golden Slipper Day in 1999 when Catbird saluted.

‘I remember it as a huge day for everyone – jockeys, trainers, punters,’’ Layt said.

‘‘There’s a huge buzz about riding on such a great race day.

‘‘It’s a day I won’t forget. But saying that Kembla is a great facility and to have a winner on a day like this is pretty special too.’’

Winner: Experienced jockey Adrian Layt rode a perfect race as Angel Miss saluted in the opening race at Kembla Grange. Layt rode at Rosehill Gardens on Golden Slipper day in 1999 when Catbird took out the world’s richest two-year-old race.

Leading Kembla bookmaker Grant Lynch has been operating at Kembla for 12 years with Golden Slipper day second only to Melbourne Cup day as his biggest meeting of the year.

He was hoping to hold around $80,000 on the Slipper with Kembla punters.

‘‘A good bet would be around $2000,’’ Lynch said.

‘‘ Things are a lot different from the best years as a bookmaker but it’s an important day for punters and bookies.’’

The proliferation of internet betting has hit on-course bookies hard, particularly at regional centres like Kembla Grange.

A few years ago Lynch held up to $150,000 on the Slipper alone from Kembla punters.

Lynch admitted his worst result was the heavily-backed Vancouver winning, with the boom colt overcoming barrier 18 to score an impressive victory for trainer Gai Waterhouse and jockey Tommy Berry.

Meanwhile, top apprentice Winona Costin claimed the Kembla riding honours with a race-to-race double.

Costin saluted aboard outsider Centerofattention (race 4) and $2.80 favourite Vision and Verse.

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