Currie rewarded for commitment

Jun 01, 2014

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FORMER Tasmanian jockey Luke Currie has been living in Victoria for most of his riding career but he committed to returning home to ride Sh'bourne Spirit in the $90,000 Newmarket Handicap.

But last Monday the mare fell ill and Ryan had no option but to scratch the mare from the race.

However, Currie kept up his end of the bargain and made the trip to fulfill all the other engagements he had committed to on the night.

"It would have been great to ride Sh'bourne Spirit for Bill (Ryan) but it wasn't to be but hopefully I'll get the chance some other time," Currie said.

Currie was rewarded for his professionalism with a double and bother for leading trainers David and Scott Brunton.

Royal Rapture was the first of his double and the four-year-old son of Clangalang could not have been more impressive in winning a benchmark 78 over 1200 metres.

Currie had Royal Rapture perfectly positioned one-off with cover and handy to the lead to the home turn where he called on the four-year-old to extend and he quickly set up a winning break.

The well-backed Terra Amata (Robert Thompson) loomed to win and momentarily headed the leader but under strong riding from Currie Royal Rapture fought back and held a long neck margin over Terra Amata on the line.

"This is a very nice horse that obviously has a future," Currie said.

"He really found when I asked him for more when Goggin's mare (Terra Amata) came at us," he said.

His other winner was Westering Home in the benchmark 62 over 1400m.

It was Westering Home's second run this preparation and was coming off an eye-catching third in Hobart on Melbourne Cup day.

"He (Westering Home) was going to win a long way from home. He felt good ands in a great rhythm a long way from home," he said.

Westering Home won on debut as a three-year-old in October 2011 but didn't win again until February this year after which his form waned again so he was sent for another spell.

"I don't know the history of this horse but tonight he felt like he had a future," Currie said.