Jockey-trainer David Rewald wins in Roma
AS IF veteran jockey David Rewald’s victory in the Bendemere Cup wasn’t amazing enough, it was also riding a horse he trained.
The Blackall resident and former Taroom rode rank outsider Four Iron to an amazing victory in the fourth race at Bassett Park on Saturday, beating out highly-fancied competitors Platters and Brady ‘n’ Me to win the famous meet.
The eight-year-old gelding, part-owned by Taroom’s Rodney Hay, with 75 starts finished strongly on the home straight to hand Rewald yet another victory in a career spanning 40 years and thousands of starts.
As one of the few trainer-jockeys in Queensland, the 55-year-old said he obtained his trainer licence three years ago to extend his career in the industry.
“I’m starting to get to the end of my career as a jockey so it seemed like the right thing to do,” he said.
Despite the $6 odds for Four Iron, Rewald said he knew the horse would be able to handle the sandy Roma track.
“I thought his form has been good and he’s been able to handle any track,” he said.
“It’s a tight little sandy track and he’s been on sand before it doesn’t seem to affect him.”
In the other races, St George trainer Pat Webster scored a brace of wins with Strength and Christies Joy in Races Two and Three.